A very busy year for the Red Cross

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Associated Press

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 29 at 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Red Cross says it responded to 113 large-scale disasters in 42 states and territories from the beginning of 2012 through December 1.

That included Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac, tornadoes, floods and wildfires. The Red Cross says Sandy was the biggest response in five years.

The Red Cross report does not include the response to the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. But the report includes the response to the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin.

Red Cross says throughout 2012, it opened more than 900 shelters and provided shelter to more than 100,000 people forced from their homes.

Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego says every nine minutes they respond to a disaster in communities across the country, and most of the work is done by volunteers.

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