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Red Cross Shelters Open Across Louisiana Region for Residents in Need

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You can find the latest updates on shelters by visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App.

The American Red Cross is opening additional shelters in Louisiana today as it leads a massive Hurricane Harvey relief effort. As safety concerns continue, please listen to the advice of emergency officials and be prepared to evacuate quickly should the need arise.

You can find the latest updates on shelters by visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps. The Emergency App also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety steps at your fingertips.

The Glenmora, La., shelter at Grace Christian Center has reached capacity this afternoon. Those looking for assistance can visit the newly opened Christian Love Baptist Church in Alexandria.

The following Red Cross shelters are open where residents can find a safe place to stay, three meals a day, basic health services and a compassionate shoulder to lean on:

Southwest Louisiana

Calcasieu Parish: Burton Coliseum – 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles (Will open about 5 p.m.)

Northwest Louisiana

Caddo Parish: Morning Star Baptist Church – 5340 Jewella Ave., Shreveport

Central Louisiana

Rapides Parish: Christian Love Baptist Church, Family Life Center - 3575 Hudson St., Alexandria

Rapides Parish: Grace Christian Center – 1006 Seventh Ave., Glenmora (AT CAPACITY)

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, if possible:

• Prescriptions and emergency medications

• Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

• Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

• Hygiene supplies and other comfort items

• Supplies needed for children and infants such as diapers, formula and toys

• Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

• Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.