10 Disturbing Things About the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Efforts

November 2, 2014 Updated: November 2, 2014

While the Red Cross called its response nearly “flawless,” a ProPublica investigation uncovered a much different version of events.

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For example, children were sheltered next to sex offenders.

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The Red Cross took emergency vehicles away from aid work and used them as props at press events…

(The charity disputes this. See the story for more details.)

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Meanwhile, storm victims were going hungry…

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…and disabled victims were stuck sleeping in wheelchairs for days…

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The Red Cross didn’t have batteries to give out with flashlights…

(Luboš Volkov/The Noun Project)
(Luboš Volkov/The Noun Project)

…but they did supply meals that included pork to a Jewish retirement home.

(Jacob Halton/The Noun Project)
(Jacob Halton/The Noun Project)

It wasn’t just Sandy. The Red Cross dispatched 80 emergency response vehicles after Hurricane Isaac — but they were nearly empty.

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They sent hundreds of volunteers to a city that wasn’t in Isaac’s path…

See document: Contemporaneous emails complaining about Tampa decision

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Red Cross officials on the ground say they were undermined by headquarters.

See document: Rieckenberg letter to Red Cross execs after Sandy

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Republished with permission from ProPublica. Read the original