July Busiest Month for the Red Cross in Harrisburg: 45 Disasters

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More than 70 families were displaced from their homes and sought assistance from the Red Cross.

American Red Cross volunteers responded to more than 45 incidents during the month of July, which made for one of the busiest months ever for the organization, in terms of responding to small-scale disasters, according to Christopher Weidenhammer, Emergency Services Manager for the American Red Cross serving Central Pennsylvania. More than 70 families (exceeding 200 people) were displaced from their homes and sought assistance from the Red Cross. The majority of the disasters were home fires.

In July of 2011, the Red Cross responded to 37 small-scale disasters, caring for 40 local families. In August and September of 2011, the organization responded to two large-scale disasters, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, in which more than 1,500 people in Central Pennsylvania received assistance from the Red Cross.