Top Homeland Security Democrat Disheartened By Findings of Continued Problems at American Red Cross

Dec 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from House Committee on Homeland Security - Democratic Office

    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
 other emergencies.
     "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:
     For more information contact: Jennifer Porter Gore or Nadra Harrison at
 (202) 226-2616.

SOURCE House Committee on Homeland Security - Democratic Office