AUGUST 29, 2021 — The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is opening a pre-landfall shelter for residents wishing to seek refuge during Hurricane Ida. The center is staffed by the American Red Cross. Additional shelter sites are prepped and ready to open as needed.
East Baton Rouge Parish:
FG Clark Activity Center - Southern University Campus
801 Harding Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA
These facilities are meant to provide safe shelter for residents until the storm threat has passed. Residents are asked to bring the following supplies with them:
• Masks for every member of the family over the age of 2
• Bedding including pillows
• Prescription Medications
• Your child’s stuffed animal, blanket or other ‘creature comforts’
• Your emergency kit with any foods required to accommodate special dietary needs
• Alcoholic beverages
• Illegal drugs
The Red Cross will require both staff and residents to wear face coverings inside shelters — regardless of vaccination status. Wearing masks will help to ensure the safety of our workforce and all those we serve during disasters. Our goal is to keep everyone safe from both the disaster threatening the local community and from COVID-19.
This is not an all-inclusive list of shelters open at this time, or that may open in the future. Individual parishes, local churches and other organizations may open their own facilities. Anyone who needs a safe place should call 2-1-1 or to find information on open Red Cross shelters, go to redcross.org, 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or the free Red Cross Emergency app. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps.