According to a recent report from a joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR (click here for the full report), the Red Cross is facing harsh criticism for its disaster relief efforts in response to Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. An abbreviated summary provided by BuzzFeed highlights the reports accusations that the leadership of the The American Red Cross, one of the most respected non-governmental relief agencies in the United States, severely mishandled the efforts of volunteers and staff on the ground in the spirit of keeping up public appearances instead of doing what it was created to do, help others when they are at their lowest point.
The report details incidents such as emergency vehicles used for decoration in front of the press and charity officials like Broda, prioritizing a photo-op with a supermodel, failing to track sex offenders, permitting unrelated adults to bathe with children, failure to coordinate with local charities and law enforcement officials, allowing meals for the hungry to go to waste and generally being extremely ill-prepared for the scope of the disasters. Red Cross officials have publicly defended the organization’s response to the disasters and have either denied the allegations or merely gave indications that problems were known and being fixed.
Perhaps, for the public’s peace of mind, an official investigation is called for.