Oregonians Deploy For Tropical Storm Gustav

Though Tropical Storm Gustav isn’t projected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast until the end of Labor Day weekend, the American Red Cross is preparing for the anticipated hurricane by deploying volunteers and staging supplies in key communities.

Six volunteers from the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross will leave for Baton Rouge, LA today to assist with setting up shelters for residents as needed.

  • Erin W., Hillsboro
  • Kurt K., Portland
  • Lynda H., Rockaway Beach
  • Mike R., Wood Village
  • Mary Lou H., Portland
  • Margie T., Estacada

Cities along the Gulf Coast are not taking the threat of Gustav lightly. In New Orleans, National Guard troops are standing by and officials have begun preliminary planning to evacuate and lock down the city. (Do you know what to do if told to evacuate? Find out here.) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has already declared a state of emergency on forecaster’s speculations that it could become a major hurricane. Currently, the death toll from Gustav is up to 23 in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

If you’re in the path of the storm, here are some hurricane tips to keep in mind. Also, please remember to register on Safe and Well so that loved ones around the country know you’re okay.

AFP/Thony Belizaire