Red Cross Providing Storm Relief Out Of Maltese Center In Bensalem

An American Red Cross truck in the Maltese Room parking lot. Photo by Eric DiCrescenzo.

The American Red Cross is spending one more day at the Maltese Room in Bensalem to help victims of Monday’s storm.

Located behind the Cornwells Fire Company at 2049 Bristol Pike, the site has been operating Tuesday. It was busiest Tuesday, as many locals did not know what would come next.

Red Cross Disaster Program Manager for Philadelphia James Sirio says they’re operating a community resource center, not a shelter. 

“We’re providing individual disaster care based on damage verification,” said Sirio.

American Red Cross and Salvation Army trucks at the Maltese Room. Photo by Eric DiCrescenzo.

They’ve been giving out clean-up kits as well as referrals to other local networks in the area for longer term support. This could include financial assistance for those who were hit particularly hard. 

The unexpectedness of Monday’s 100 year flood only made the response more challenging.

“With those you just have to react, you can’t really plan,” said Sirio. They were in contact with the National Weather Service trying to prepare, “but this one did just pop up.”

The Red Cross site will stay open until 3 p.m. Thursday. 

Other resources for Bensalem storm victims are below via an update from Public Safety Director Fred Harran:

  • If your car was towed by the Bensalem Police Department due to the storm, please contact Bensalem Township Police at 215-633-3719.
  • A new number has been established if you need to report property damage.
    Please call the Bensalem Township Police Department at 215-633-3758.
    Should your call go to voicemail, please leave your name and number and
    someone will return your call within 24 hours.
  • A new number has been established if you need to report property damage.
    Please call the Bensalem Township Police Department at 215-633-3758.
    Should your call go to voicemail, please leave your name and number and
    someone will return your call within 24 hours.