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Update on SEPA Red Cross Ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy and other disasters

Close to 200 people (196) and 19 pets stayed the night in local SEPA Red Cross shelters in Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia Counties.

As I reported last night, we are working to continue to close shelters as the need for them diminishes and county officials make the decision to close. As of right now – here are the shelters in our region that remain open:

  • Bucks County: Palisades High School, Council Rock North High School and Bristol Township Senior Center.
  • Montgomery County: Norristown High School
  • Philadelphia: West Philly High School.
  • We also have staff on standby at a mega shelter set up at West Chester University. This shelter is on stand by to recieve folks evacuated from other states needing a place to go. Our role is to support PEMA if the need for the shelter becomes necessary. At this time, it has no residents and remains on stand by.

    Our crews continue damage assessment today and you may see our Emergency Response Vehicles driving around doing this. If you are interested in following damage assessment crews for stories, please reach out and we will do our best to accommodate. These crews are checking in with residents who have damage from the storm who may be in need of Red Cross assistance.

    I’ve attached some Red Cross tips that can be used to help people in our region recover including tips about dealing with power outages and returning home after a flood.

    The Red Cross is in need of support to help the ongoing Sandy response.

    Anyone wishing to help can do one of 3 things:

  • Make a financial donation by calling 1-800-Red-Cross, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or clicking here.
  • Sign up to volunteer. Go to and click on ways to help then ways to volunteer or call 215-299-4000 for information on volunteering.
  • Make a blood donation. Go to to sign up to make a blood donation. Many blood drives had to be canceled due to Sandy and the need is great right now.
  • Thank you for helping to get the word out!

    ALSO- Here are the OTHER local disasters requiring assistance by the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania between 8am Monday and 8am Wednesday:

  • FIRE – 100 block of McDade Blvd, Collingdale – 2 families, 2 people
  • FIRE- 500 block of Independence Ave, Philadelphia – 2 families, 11 people
  • Please find resources to aid in your recover here:

    Power Outage


    Recover Emotionally