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Local Red Cross Assists More than 300 people in a Month and December Brings More Disasters

PHILADELPHIA – December 2, 2014 – The American Red Cross responded to 8 disasters on December 1st, 2014 on one of its busiest days this year. 

December brought more disaster to the region, continuing the recent trend. Since November 1, the American Red Cross has responded 73 times in Southeastern Pennsylvania to provide financial assistance for emergency items like food, shelter, clothing, medications, winter coats and transportation to 104 families, 308 people. Red Cross workers also respond to disasters to provide comfort, hope, emotional and spiritual care to these victims of disasters. The recent uptick in disasters has made for a very full Red Cross House. Red Cross House is a one-of-a-kind short-term recovery center located in University City for families displaced by disaster in the Greater Philadelphia region. Since November 1, Red Cross House has remained at capacity 10 days and on days when it was not at capacity, it was nearly full. 

Here is the breakdown of responses on December 1: 

Philadelphia County: 

• Unit Block of East Coulter St – 1 family of 7 people assisted with lodging • 4100 Block of West Girard Ave – 3 families, 12 people assisted with food, clothing and lodging

 • 2500 Block of North 29th St – 1 family of 4 people assisted

 • 5800 Block of Osage Ave. – 1 family of 2 people assisted with food and clothing 

• 5000 Block of Market St. – 1 person assisted with lodging 

• 5500 Block of Media St. – 5 families, 11 people assisted with food, clothing and lodging

 Montgomery County:

 • 400 Block of Welsh Rd, Lower Moreland – 2 families, 3 people assisted with food, clothing and lodging 

Delaware County: 

• 1000 Block of Turner Ave, Drexel Hill – 1 family of 2 assisted

 As we begin the long, cold winter ahead, the Red Cross urges residents to remain vigilant about fire safety. Residents should limit having more than two things plugged into one outlet and make sure dryer lint screens and heating system filters are cleaned regularly. Residents should also ensure they have working smoke alarms and have and practice at least twice a year a fire escape plan that includes pets. 

Residents who are in need of a new smoke alarm in Philadelphia can call 311. 

For more fire safety information, including how to create a fire escape plan, people can visit redcross.org/homefires

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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.

 For more information, please visit redcross.org, redcrossphilly.org or follow us on Twitter at @RedCross and @redcrossphilly.