Story: Three Generations Seek Safety and Solace at Red Cross Shelter

Hurricane Isaac: Louisiana

Three generations of McCraws are calling the Red Cross shelter at Vancleave High School home for the duration of Hurricane Isaac. The Jackson County residents live in a low-lying area prone to flooding and are thankful to the Red Cross for opening the refuge for safety and solace.

“Seven years ago, we lost our home to Hurricane Katrina when a tree fell on it and we lived here, in this very same shelter, for three weeks,” said Melissa Brooks, daughter of James McGraw (center). Eventually, they moved back to the family property to begin anew. When asked about the Vancleave shelter opening to assist evacuees from Hurricane Isaac, she said, “I need to be here with my family. We’re thankful to the Red Cross for opening this shelter again so our family can stay safe.” (Pictured L to R: front row, Ellen McCraw, Karen McCraw, James McCraw, Steven Randal McCraw, Melissa Brooks; back row L to R: Amber and Steven McCraw, Chelsea Brooks)

Before returning home after a flood, make sure officials have declared the area safe. Please refer to the flood safety check list here-

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