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Red Cross, Tennessee Open Doors For Gustav Evacuees

September 3, 2008

Nashville, TN – Tennessee's Red Cross is helping shelters statewide play host to nearly 8,000 evacuees from Tropical Storm Gustav. Three years after Katrina, volunteers say they feel better prepared to meet the needs of folks coming from New Orleans.

Speaking for the Red Cross of Middle Tennessee, Jill Gorin says opening shelters and placing people in them went much more smoothly, and the result has been more optimism among evacuees.

"Evacuees were very positive, and they had a chance to grab what they could from their house. They weren't rushed to get out, because they left two or three days before Gustav actually hit."

Gorin says shelters in Tennessee have been going it alone, with most of the emergency resources being sent to the Gulf. She says the costs are staggering: $3 million dollars for every 10 days of shelter care.

"We've served more meals during the last 48 hours statewide in Tennessee than we served the entire disaster relief operation during the tornadoes in February."

While shelters statewide are working to keep everyone comfortable, most folks just want to get back, Gorin says. She adds that FEMA is sending experts and volunteers to the area to assess the damage and decide when it will be safe for the evacuees to return home.

Barbara Dab/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN