Red Cross Fires Back at Critics of Hurricane Sandy Response
Reps call response 'near perfect'
After taking criticism for a less-than-stellar response to Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross is pushing back against critics. In fact, the organization's CEO says its relief effort has been “near flawless."
Gail McGovern, chief executive officer and president of the Red Cross, told NBC News late last week that the response has been timely and well-organized.
“I think that we are near flawless so far in this operation,” McGovern said.
Laura Howe, a spokeswoman for the organization, concurred. She said that the dense population of New York City and nearby affected areas, as well as the cold-weather hurricane, created unique and significant challenges to the response.
We are “putting our resources where the need is greatest,” Howe said.
She also noted that this was the largest domestic disaster the Red Cross has dealt with since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf coast and that the organization is deploying its entire fleet of more than 320 feeding trucks and sending nearly 6,000 relief workers to the devastated areas, mainly in New Jersey and New York.