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Review for American National Red Cross, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I'm sorry some of you feel frustrated and angry - but that is completely normal after a large scale disaster. I've been a Red Cross volunteers for 20 years almost to the month - after Hurricane Andrew. I can attest to all the good work the organization does.
The Red Cross is a 2ndary relief organization - they can only assist when given the go ahead by 1st responder agencies to go into an area. In such a large-scale disaster as this, National Guard, FEMA, and other government agencies provide services/rescue/assistance, and the Red Cross immediately follows. It takes time to get assets (people, supplies, vehicles) to the most affected due to all the structural damage. Staten Island were told to evacuate for their personal safety due to this. The Red Cross will be in your area for a long time to come helping with feeding, clothing, and sheltering residents for as long as it takes. On a personal note, after Hurricane Andrew, not even the National Guard could get to us for 4 days after because the road were so impassible. I wish you a speedy recovery. I have been volunteering in Long Island the past two weeks - and will keep going down there as much as possible to help.

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Role:  Volunteer