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Red Cross shelters thousands from the storm

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(CNN) -- The American Red Cross is helping to care for thousands of evacuees seeking housing from Hurricane Lili by setting up public shelters. The following is a state-by-state breakdown:

The American Red Cross has established the above toll-free Disaster Information and Resource Center Hotline number for:
-- Shelter locations
-- Safety tips and evacuation guidelines
-- Where and how to receive Red Cross assistance
-- Ways to reduce potential damage to your home
-- Information for families seeking loved ones
-- Referrals to emergency and mental health services
-- Tips for talking with children about disasters
-- How to help with a gift of time, blood or money


  • 850,000 to 900,000 people -- about 20 percent of the state's population -- are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders in Louisiana.
  • Eleven parishes are under mandatory evacuation orders, five under recommended evacuations. Seventy-one shelters are open with 13,200 evacuees, not including special needs shelters.
  • Texas:

  • In the state's shelters are 6,629 people in 37 facilities -- most of the evacuees are from Louisiana and some are from Port Arthur, Texas, according to the Red Cross.
  • All evacuation orders lifted at 9 a.m., state emergency official says
  • Mississippi:

  • Eight shelters are open statewide. At least 150 people spent Wednesday night in them.
  • Hancock County is under mandatory evacuation order. Harrison and Jackson county residents were urged to evacuate. In the three counties, there are about 2,000 residents.
  • In Hattiesburg, Forrest County, there are 89 people at that shelter. Other evacuees are coming and going.
  • Alabama:

  • Shelter opened in Theodore in Mobile County.
  • Dauphin Island evacuated as a precaution.

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