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SEPA Chapter in the News

ceo of philadelphia red cross talks to reporter in front of camerman about local disaster
“The folks at Red Cross help get those families back to normal..They help them get back on the path of life.” – Lloyd Ayers, Fire Commissioner

--------------------------------------------Wyncote Fire-----------------------------------------------------

On October 5, a 4 alarm fire ripped through a condo complex on the 1600 block of Church Road in Wyncote, Montgomery County. More than 100 residents, including singles, families and Arcadia University students were displaced. In response, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania opened a shelter at Cheltenham High School where as many as 34 people spent the night. Residents at the shelter were offered food, cots, blankets, comfort kits and counseling.

In all, the Red Cross provided financial assistance to 40 families, 55 people for food, clothing and shelter. One resident stayed at the Red Cross House until he was able to move in with relatives.

Check out some of the news coverage of this disaster and our response:






TEXT: CBS3 follow up

TEXT: Patch

VIDEO: Mission Moment “I got nothing. I’m glad I’m still here.”

--------------------------------------------Coatesville Fire-----------------------------------------------------

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania responded to a 3 alarm fire in Coatesville on Sept. 18, 2012. At 1 a.m. the 500 block of Chestnut Street suffered a fatal fire, claiming the lives of a mother and son. Red Cross opened a shelter in the local community center for the 38 people affected by the disaster. Clients were offered cots, food, blankets, comfort kits and mental health counseling.

The Fire Department reported there were no smoke detectors in the apartment where the fire started. However, smoke detectors were installed in the apartment above, alerting those residents to evacuate in time.

Check out some of our blog posts and news coverage of the disaster:

VIDEO: ABC 6 coverage

VIDEO: NBC 10 coverage

VIDEO: FOX 29 coverage

RedCrossPhilly blog: Coatesville Fire Response, through my eyes

RedCrossPhilly blog: Fire Preparedness Saves Lives, Lack of Preparation Dooms Others

The Mercury

-----------------------------------Isaac Deployment ------------------------------------

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania answered the call to assist in the response to Hurricane Isaac at the end of August. Twenty-seven members of the SEPA team and one of our Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) were sent to affected areas in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to assist with disaster response operations.

Our team members provided mental health services, mass care, sheltering, logistics support and more. In addition our Director of Emergency Services, Leo Pratte, served as Operations Manager for the Red Cross Isaac response.

Check out some of the news coverage of our deployments:

VIDEO: FOX 29 Feature on volunteer Randall Gort

VIDEO: FOX 29 Live interview with Judge Hughes about deployment

VIDEO: NBC 10 coverage

VIDEO: KYW coverage

Montgomery County Times

Philadelphia Inquirer

Daily Local News

Burlington County Time

Bucks County Courier Times

Click here to read more about the activities of our volunteers throughout the summer

----------------------Car Into House, Darby, PA------------------------

August 13, 2012

In a unique response, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania was alerted to a family in need by a local reporter. It all happened 140 characters at a time via twitter and in the end, the family was able to stay at our one of a kind Red Cross House.

VIDEO: News Coverage

VIDEO: Mission Moment The Media and the Mission

VIDEO: Responding to Disaster 140 Characters at a Time

-----------------South Philly Water Main Break---------------

July 22nd, 2012

A major transmission water main broke at 21st & Fitzwater Streets causing a four block area to flood (500 & 600 block of S 21st; 2000 & 2100 block of Bainbridge). SEPA Chapter staff and volunteers set up a reception center at the Edwin Stanton School on 17th & Christian for those displaced by the water main break. Four displaced families and their pets took advantage of this reception center. 2 families were put up in the Red Cross House, as they were not able to return to their homes that night.

Video: News Coverage

PHOTOS: Facebook Gallery

---------------Kingsessing Fire----------------------

July 3rd, 2012

A fire that started July 3 in a nearby abandoned storage facility spread to row homes surrounding the building on the 5300 block of Pentridge Street in West Philadelphia. 30 homes were evacuated and 70 people were displaced. The fire started around 11 p.m. but firefighters were blasting water early into the following morning to make sure the flames were out. SEPA set up a reception center nearby to aid residents who were forced from their homes. Four of those families were sent to stay at Red Cross House. The others were either able to return to their homes or had somewhere else to stay.

Videos: 6 ABC, MyFoxPhilly, CBS 3, NBC 10

Text: Associated Press, The Inquirer

------------------Coatesville Fire-----------------------

June 6th, 2012

Red Cross SEPA, along with over 15 fire stations from Chester and Lancaster counties, responded to a 4-alarm fire which displaced 8 families in Coatesville Wednesday, June 6, 2012. The incident damaged 9 rowhome units. According to investigators, the fire started from “unattended cooking.” Red Cross aided those 18 people displaced by the fire by providing assistance for food, clothing and lodging.

Video: News Coverage

PHOTOS: Flickr Gallery