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.


For example, children were sheltered next to sex offenders.


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.)


Meanwhile, storm victims were going hungry…


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


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.


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

See document: Contemporaneous emails complaining about Tampa decision


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

See document: Rieckenberg letter to Red Cross execs after Sandy


Republished with permission from ProPublica. Read the original