South Louisiana Evacuation Shelters Open in Baton Rouge Area

The American Red Cross has just opened or will soon open 13 shelters in within the Capital Area to provide safe shelter for individuals and families evacuated from risk-prone areas in the path of Hurricane Katrina. Additional shelters are on stand-by to open as needed.

1. Ascension Parish

–Dutchtown H.S., Prairieville *Opens at 2 p.m.

2. East Baton Rouge Parish:

-Tara High School: 9002 Whitehall, Baton Rouge *Open Now
-Woodlawn High School: 15755 Jefferson Hwy.,Baton Rouge *Open Now
-Southeast Middle School: S. Harrell's Ferry Rd, Baton Rouge *Open Now

2. Livingston Parish:

-Denham Springs Junior High: 401 Hatchell LN, Denham Springs *Open Now
-Denham Springs High School: N. Range Avenue, Denham Springs *Open Now
-Albany High School: 29700 1 Hornet Lane, Albany *Opens at 4 p.m.

3. Iberville Parish:

-Plaquemine H.S: 59595 Belleview Dr, Plaquemine *Opens at 4 p.m.
-East Iberville Elementary/H.S., Hwy. 75, St. Gabriel *Opens at 4 p.m.

5. St. Helena Parish:

–St. Helena Civic Center – 6763 Hwy. 10, Greensburg *Open Now

6. West Baton Rouge Parish:

-Port Allen Community Ctr. : N. Jefferson, Port Allen *Opens at 4 p.m.
-Addis VFW Hall: 4453 Myhand Street, Addis *Opens at 4 p.m.
-Erwinville Community Ctr.: Rougon Rd, Port Allen *Opens at 4 p.m.

Families and individuals are advised to bring along basic emergency and personal items that will be needed in the shelters for several days. Such items include pillows and bedding items, snack, essential medications and other health related items, extra clothing, and a toy or activity for children.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with disaster relief post-landfall. To register, volunteer registration packet can be obtained through the Red Cross website at Nurses are also in need at this time.

For further information, people may contact the American Red Cross at 1-866-GET-INFO.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this disaster and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.  Internet users can make secure online credit card donations by visiting or