Thursday, May 19, 2016

Red Cross Botched Response To Mississippi Flood

by Gary Snyder

“There wasn’t any coordination.”
They were in the wrong place.

Red Cross’ response was “marginal at best” at the Mississippi flooding.
“The problem is their inability to develop tactical plans for their relief operations.”

It has been extensively reported that the Red Cross ’botched responses to Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and its failure to follow through on promises after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

The Mississippi emails also show the effects of deep cuts to the charity’s network of local chapters made by CEO Gail McGovern, who has struggled to get the Red Cross on stable financial footing since she took over the charity in 2008. The Red Cross closed several Mississippi chapters since McGovern became CEO. The downsizing hasn’t been limited to local offices. Last month, a Red Cross senior vice president sent an email informing his staff that  positions in the Disaster Cycle Services  would be cut.

Mississippi emergency management officials said the state has suffered from the Red Cross’ cutbacks. Source

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