WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A House Committee on Homeland Security
investigative report prepared for Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)
finds that American National Red Cross (Red Cross) emergency disaster relief
efforts over the past several years have not provided effective and necessary
critical emergency relief services after large-scale natural disasters and
"The Red Cross has pulled the wool over our eyes. Despite its reputation
for being a reliable and trusted organization, a closer look at its
performance in disaster relief reveals an inefficient group hampered by
mismanagement and bureaucracy."
Specifically, the report finds that Red Cross protocols are inadequate for
large-scale emergency disaster response. Cumbersome rules hamper the Red
Cross's ability to mobilize resources to quickly provide equal care for all
disaster victims, including the economically disadvantaged and people of
The findings of the report are significant because the Red Cross is the
only nongovernmental organization tasked by the Federal Government to provide
"mass care" duties under the National Response Plan. Legislation Rep. Thompson
introduced today would address these problems.
The report can be accessed at: http://hsc-democrats.house.gov.
For more information contact: Jennifer Porter Gore or Nadra Harrison at
SOURCE House Committee on Homeland Security - Democratic Office