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Red Cross Assists Hundreds in Busiest Day in SEPA Chapter History

PHILADELPHIA, PA, APRIL 10, 2012 — The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania responded to 13 disasters on April 9th, 2012, one of its busiest days ever.

We had at least one response in each county. The responses included setting up a reception center for residents displaced by the Kensington warehouse fire and setting up a shelter in Chester County to serve more than 165 firefighters battling the French Creek forest fire in Berks County. In all, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter helped more than 258 people in one day. The Red Cross also provided lodging to 123 people at area motels or at our one-of-a-kind Red Cross House in University City.

“The Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania faced an extraordinary number of disasters yesterday,” American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes said. “But we answered the call to each one of them, providing provided the highest level of care to those in need. I am so proud of our team.”

Below is a list of each response by county.

Seven Philadelphia County Fires

• 300 block of N 42nd Street 1 Family, 6 People

• 2400 block of Jasper Street 2 Families, 4 People

• 3300 block of Water Street 1 Family, 7 People

• 2100 block of N 9th Street 1 Family, 4 People

• 1800 block E Wishart Street 2 Families, 6 People

• 2000 block of McKean Street 1 Family, 4 People

• 1900 block of E York Street (RECEPTION CENTER) 25 people

Two Chester County Fire

• 2200 block of Lauren Lane 2 Families, 7 People

• 4400 block of W Main Street (SHELTER OPENED) 165 firefighters (ONGOING)

Two Montgomery County Fires

• 300 block of Overlook Lane 1 Family, 3 People

• 1100 block of Bill Smith Boulevard 9 Families 23 People

One Bucks County Fire

• 800 block of Long Meadow Drive 1 Family, 2 People

One Delaware County Fire

• 400 block of Dogwood Circle 2 Families, 2 People

About the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter

The American Red Cross in Philadelphia shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

Contact: Dave Schrader (215) 299-4042 or 4889,