The American Red Cross continues to around the clock in Southeastern Pennsylvania to provide help and hope to people facing the difficult task of picking up the pieces after last week’s devasting flooding and tornadoes caused by Hurricane Ida.
From September 1 - 9 in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery counties, the Red Cross has:
- Provided 211 overnight shelter stays
- Served more than 3,000 meals and snacks
- Distributed nearly 2,000 flood clean-up kits and other relief items
- Helped more than 550 people with disaster recovery support
More than 150 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country continue to work closely with local officials to help to assess the damage left behind and make plans for what support families may need. After staffing resource centers in Chester and Montgomery counties the past two days, the Red Cross is working with the City of Philadelphia to staff a resource center today and Saturday.
Recovering from a disaster can be a confusing process, and it’s not always easy for survivors to find the help they need. A resource center brings community organizations involved in recovery efforts together in one location. At this site, people can learn about available services and programs to help them rebuild their lives.
The Philadelphia multi-agency resource center will be open at the Gustine Recreation Center, located at 4868 Ridge Avenue. Hours are 12 to 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The Red Cross is offering recovery support, distributing relief supplies and providing emotional support to those in need.
The Red Cross also continues to operate a shelter at Norristown High School in Montgomery County. Anyone who needs a place to stay should come to the high school, located at 1900 Eagle Drive in Norristown.
Families are still struggling to cope with the devastation left behind by Ida. Every single donation will make a difference in someone’s life. To help people affected by Hurricane Ida, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text the word IDA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow us on Twitter at @RedCross.