Gustav, a category 2 hurricane with winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, slammed into the Gulf Coast of the United States on Monday morning (9/1/08).  Wind damage, rain, flooding, and power outages are affecting thousands in the Louisiana area, while thousands of others in neighboring states could possibly be affected as Gustav makes its way over parts of Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas.  While forecasters are cautiously optimistic that the ferocity of Gustav will be somewhat less than originally feared, many residents of the Gulf coast may soon be in need of support from a variety of sources, including local, state and federal agencies.   

In addition, volunteer networks are gearing up to support their fellow citizens, and pitch in with a variety of offerings and services.  If you would like to help those affected by Hurricane Gustav, the following are important web sites that contain up-to-date information on how you can directly or indirectly help:



American Red Cross:


Feed The Children:







In this pre-storm phase, it’s also important for potential volunteers to not self-deploy, but instead to wait until there is a clear understanding of what volunteer resources will be needed and where.

Volunteers of America – Greater New Orleans:




ANIMALS: Don’t forget our furry friends!


American Humane: 


FEMA: If you need to apply for assistance from FEMA – here’s their website: