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Sandy Rumors Explained

RUMOR

Red Cross gets reimbursed by FEMA for disaster relief expenses.

RESPONSE: False

EXPLANATION: We rely on donations from the American public for nearly 100 percent of our disaster relief. Only in rare cases we are reimbursed for special circumstances.

 

RUMOR

Red Cross is throwing away food

RESPONSE: True

EXPLANATION: The last thing we want to do when so many are in need is throw away food. In one case during Sandy we over-estimated the amount needed for one neighborhood – Wantagh. What was left surpassed that time allowed under safe food handling guidelines.

We’ve taken steps to prevent this from happening again. We constantly reassess how many meals we need through an affected neighborhood, and we have to remain vigilant about following safe food handling guidelines.

 

RUMOR

Red Cross is not helping Rockaways and Staten Island

RESPONSE: False

EXPLANATION:  Our feeding trucks go out regularly in both of these areas for those who can’t leave their home and we also have fixed feeding sites serving those areas for people who can get out of their homes. We are tracking the feeding trucks as they move through all of the affected areas and the locations can be found at newsroom.redcross.org   This has been occurring for nearly two weeks.

 

RUMOR

My money doesn’t make it to the storm victims

RESPONSE: FALSE

EXPLANATION: Right now, funds that are coming in are being  put to immediate use for the response effort.  We’re providing hot meals, shelters, blankets, clean up supplies and other help every day and so as donations come in the door, they are being used to pay for those kinds of things.  We also honor the intent of our donors so if you tell us you want your donation to support our Sandy relief efforts, it will.

 

RUMOR

The Red Cross takes 20, 50 or 70% off the top of donations for overhead costs.

RESPONSE: FALSE

91 cents of every dollar donated to the Red Cross is used to support our humanitarian programs. Only .09 of every dollar is used for administrative costs.

 

RUMOR

The Red Cross will help me clean out my house/rebuild my property

RESPONSE: FALSE

The Red Cross focuses on providing food, shelter and emotional support during emergencies. Cleaning and repair of houses is not a service provided by the Red Cross, although in many cases we can help with referrals to agencies that do provide that.

 

RUMOR

The Red Cross provides generators

RESPONSE: FALSE

The Red Cross does not provide generators or assist with power restoration.

 

4 Responses to “Sandy Rumors Explained”

  1. I only wish I was able to go out and help the victims of Sandy. I am continuing to recover from my surgery, so I can only post what I know from past experiences. I worked during Hurricane Irene during the flooding in Vermont, the tornadoes in Joplin, and flooding in Texas. I have always received the warmest thanks from our clients with many thanks just for the fact Red Cross is there. I know that during Hurricane Agnes in 1972 this agency helped my parents when we were flooded out of our home for 10 months, and this is what led me to volunteering. My thanks go out to all of the volunteers during this work ravaged time. May God be with all of you, both volunteers and all families affected by the storm.

  2. I do not like to donate on line and so far I haven’t found an address to send a check to help the people of the Sandy disaster. Is there such a place or do we all have to use all this computer stuff and never know where our money goes?

  3. Excellent blog. Direct and to the point. Don’t ever shy away from criticism, comment or rumor and this blog shows that you are willing to stand up to being factual, so the next step is what can we actually do.

  4. @ Nancy, Please call your local Red Cross office. You can locate it at redcross.org,, Google Red Cross in your town, or you can look in the phone book. Your local staff and volunteers will be able receive your check and talk to you about how your money is use to help those in need.

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