US: Red Cross Issues Progress Report on Superstorm Sandy Response and Recovery – 170213 1900z

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 The American Red Cross issued a progress report today on its work to help people in the first three months after Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast as well as its plans for longer-term recovery.

Superstorm Sandys devastationaltered landscapes, lost homes, lives forever changedwill be felt for months to come, said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. With widespread support from people and businesses from across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross is helping people counter sorrow with hope.

RECOVERY EFFORTS UNDERWAY The Red Cross is working closely with government partners on long-term recovery efforts, and the first part of the Red Cross recovery work is already underway. At the request of the federal government, the Red Cross is focusing its initial recovery assistance on an estimated 9,000 families whose houses were heavily damaged or destroyed. The Red Cross is providing resources to either repair their homes or help them move into longer-term housing.

For the next several months, a big part of the Red Cross recovery effort will be working one-on-one with families who need some extra help making recovery plans and accessing available resources. Some need help finding child care, or understanding insurance paperwork. Red Cross case workers will help guide them through the recovery process.

The Red Cross is also supporting the work of several other relief groups, such as helping to fund several local food banks in New York to boost their capacity to serve more meals and help ensure people who need food have access to it, as well as support for Operation Hopes work to provide assistance and financial counseling to survivors.

RED CROSS RELIEF The Red Cross has deployed a total of more than 16,800 disaster workers in the past three months to help those affected by Sandy. Three months after landfall, more than 1,000 Red Cross workers remain on the scene, providing food, water and emotional support to people in need. Since Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross has:

  • Served more than 11 million meals and snacks.
  • Distributed more than 6.9 million relief items like blankets and cleaning supplies.
  • Provided more than 109,000 health and mental health contacts for those affected, many of whom lost everything they owned during the storm.
  • Provided nearly half (81,000) of the total 163,000 shelter stays by a range of groups.

PUBLIC GENEROSITY The Red Cross has received more than $254 million in donations and pledges for Sandy.By January 31, the Red Cross will have spent or made commitments to spend an estimated $145 million, and the remaining Sandy donations will be used to help individuals and communities affected by this storm with their long-term needs.This spending, which represents both direct services and support provided to other agencies, is more than half of the money received in the first three months.

This is a large amount of money to be spent in such a short period of time, but as has been seen in other disasters, recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, McGovern said. For example, the Red Cross recovery work for Hurricane Katrina lasted five years, work in Haiti is now in its third year, and the Red Cross is still helping people in Joplin after a 2011 tornado there. However long it takes, the Red Cross is committed that money donated for Sandy will stay in those communities to help the people affected by this disaster.

More information on the Red Cross work on the Sandy emergency relief and recovery can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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2 thoughts on “US: Red Cross Issues Progress Report on Superstorm Sandy Response and Recovery – 170213 1900z

  1. please…the red cross is full of corruption. just google “red cross” plus “scandal” to see how widespread misuse of funds is within the red cross.

    there are groups in the area that provide direct aid to people in areas affected by disasters. here’s one:

    the coalition of the homeless –
    http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/

    from a news article:
    “Greta Guarton, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless, says that when 2013’s numbers are officially released soon, they will be higher if only because residents of about 1,000 households were still in shelters or other temporary housing after being displaced by superstorm Sandy. She says that even absent the Sandy victims, she thinks the numbers of homeless individuals will be up again.

    Many larger forces — nationwide unemployment, foreclosures — have contributed to the rise. But if the problem has been exacerbated in recent years, shouldn’t more energy be put into finding solutions?

    Now it’s time to establish permanent solutions — more shelters, transitional housing and low-cost housing.

    Organizations and individuals are right to do all they can to alleviate the pains of homelessness. On Wednesday night, the coalition will provide services like free financial literacy sessions and haircuts. Items including winter coats and nonperishable food items will be collected and distributed. Most important, attention will again be drawn to the issue.”

    Powell: Sandy adds to Long Island’s homeless population
    https://www.newsday.com/opinion/viewsday-1.3683911/powell-sandy-adds-to-long-island-s-homeless-population-1.4630977

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  2. Thanks for your response.

    Firstly I would like to say that in general I try not to comment on the news items that I feature in Goaty’s News.

    However, there are rare times when I find that I cannot resist comment, this is one of them.

    Back in November 2012 I commented upon the enormous salary paid to American Red Cross CEO, Gail McGovern (https://www.facebook.com/GoatysNews/posts/432028883525336).

    I have done as you suggested, googled ‘Red Cross scandal’, just reading some of the material at face value, I find this really is quite shocking.

    Overall, the Red Cross is a wonderful organisation, without which the world would be a worse place. So many people of good heart give hours of unpaid work to help those in need.

    Any criticism is aimed at senior management rather than the marvelous workers on the ground.

    I should declare an interest, I have given many unpaid hours of my own time over quite a few years to the British Red Cross. Nowadays I am only able to give money.

    The Red Cross & it’s founding principals have inspirated me greatly in the past, so I am deeply saddened to read about the problems the American Red Cross seem to be having.

    I may be considered naive, but whilst I think the Red Cross should be run efficiently, it is not a business. They need to be aware of the dangers from too close an association with business, especially the out-sourcing of fund-raising, to profit-making private companies.

    There should be no place in the Red Cross for greedy people who do not believe in, and act according to, the founding principals of the Red Cross.

    It is right that where corruption has crept in, it should be rooted out and destroyed. If that means managers be prosecuted and dismissed where wilfull wrong-doing is proven, so be it.

    Given the amount of criticism, I would hope that the American Red Cross managers now wake up to the ‘enemy within’ and remember why they exist!

    What would Jean Henri Dunant make of today’s American Red Cross management?

    Non profit-making Goaty’s News will continue to publish future news items about the American Red Cross, both good and bad, allowing people to judge for themselves.

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