Comments on: The problem with the Red Cross http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Esta Kolker http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-55709 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:04:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-55709 Couldn? to become created any benefit. Reading this write-up reminds me associated with our aged room companion! He / she generally retained referring to this specific. I am going to onward this short article to your pet. Sure he’ll almost certainly have a very great read. Many thanks for revealing!

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By: IWasDoneWrong http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-48423 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:31:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-48423 I’m a 46-year-old homemaker and writer living in Ashland, Ohio leading an online campaign for more cots at the First Aid building at Wooster Ohio’s fairgrounds. The Wooster Ohio Red Cross has only two cots for 50 people during fair week. People who are prone to heat illness really need more cots. I’m angry with the Wooster Ohio Red Cross for denying me an open cot when I fell VERY ILL on 9-10-13. Despite repeatedly begging to lay down, I was denied two free cots when I most needed one. Cot mismanagement risks lives, and I could’ve died with 11 symptoms. I drive long distance to visit Wayne County’s fair, and I just need a fair break. I think my campaign could be a great story that puts a personal face on the issue of cot mismanagement.

https://www.change.org/petitions/wooster -ohio-red-cross

Why not the ethical treatment of PEOPLE during medical emergencies? https://www.change.org/petitions/wooster -ohio-red-cross

We need not be forced to go to the emergency room when we can easily be treated for free. Cot mismanagement puts lives at risk. My aim is to prevent what happened to me from ever again happening to me or anyone else.

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By: IWasDoneWrong http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-48422 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:31:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-48422 I’m a 46-year-old homemaker and writer living in Ashland, Ohio leading an online campaign for more cots at the First Aid building at Wooster Ohio’s fairgrounds. The Wooster Ohio Red Cross has only two cots for 50 people during fair week. People who are prone to heat illness really need more cots. I’m angry with the Wooster Ohio Red Cross for denying me an open cot when I fell VERY ILL on 9-10-13. Despite repeatedly begging to lay down, I was denied two free cots when I most needed one. Cot mismanagement risks lives, and I could’ve died with 11 symptoms. I drive long distance to visit Wayne County’s fair, and I just need a fair break. I think my campaign could be a great story that puts a personal face on the issue of cot mismanagement.

https://www.change.org/petitions/wooster -ohio-red-cross

Why not the ethical treatment of PEOPLE during medical emergencies? https://www.change.org/petitions/wooster -ohio-red-cross

We need not be forced to go to the emergency room when we can easily be treated for free. Cot mismanagement puts lives at risk. My aim is to prevent what happened to me from ever again happening to me or anyone else.

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By: Nicole0407 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-44670 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 20:21:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-44670 Please!!!DO NOT DONATE MONEY TO THE RED CROSS. IT IS DISGUSTING THAT THE CEO MAKES A MILLION NOT INCLUDING BENE’S. I have lived thru this event along with family members and friends along the easy coast. I have yet to see one red cross volunteer. Don’t you remember after 9/11 they used the money to buy new desk etc. it is such a scam. I would rather give to someone personally even if it had nothing to do with hurrican sandy such as wounded warriors. Please keep your money in your pockets for this is not helping anyone but the employees at red cross. It should be investigated and shut down. Maybe if more people spoke up and the word got out fewer and fewer people would stop donating.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-44595 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:29:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-44595 One of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was a hard working fellow. But because he was also smart, he made sure that everyone SAW how hard working he was. He would haul carts of printing supplies up and down multiple streets as a form of personal “advertisement”. It served him well.

America feeds much of the dependent world, but much of our generous distributed bounty gets diverted to “strong man” organizations and even corrupt governments to be rebranded before distribution. As a result, many of the children American generosity has kept from starving grow up hating America and forever envious of us.

So, YES FifthDecade, Red Cross people and vehicles need to be highly visible. If they are in charge, they NEED to be visible so other volunteer organizations can establish communications so as to coordinate separate efforts to relieve suffering with such resources as become locally available. Everyone present should have an arm band easily visible by which those steal or divert resources or loot can be identified.

As in the military, it’s really always the same…do what you can, where you are, with what you have. But to be effective, there must be meaningful coordination of resources to avoid gluts in one area and no help at all in another. The Red Cross should be accountable to the extent of their resources and authority. It’s not supposed to be an “old boy’s club”.

The moment their management fails to reasonably perform “we, the people” need to instead send our dollars and manpower to such smaller, younger, more efficient, more flexible organization as can meet such urgent need(s) quickly and effectively. Too long on a truck and ice becomes impure water of no use.

Every major disaster is unique, but it seems the Red Cross is as ineffective and clueless every time. Who in “management” is learning from each disaster? What changes have been implemented to assure that mistakes made once are not repeated again and again?

There is but one advantage to anonymity, and that is to allow the incompetent to remain in charge year after year without proper oversight offering excuses for endless failures. If they are to be the world’s “first responder”, then let them show they deserve to be. If they can’t, send the dollars elsewhere to a more transparent and effective organization.

Given the history and resources of the Red Cross, the best one can say is that they are consistent and able to excel. Unfortunately, it is underachieving at which they are consistent and after-the-disaster excuses at which they excel.

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By: dontdenytruth http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-44592 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 04:49:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-44592 I think Mr. Salmon you should familiarize your self with “THE RED CROSS” see what they do and see why they do it. There may be some who are wrong headed but for the most part they do a great job. They have and do help more people each week than you could possibly conceive. The situation down there I am sure is worse than I can tell from here and you should be thanked for your part in helping. Lets encourage more and better from all those who donate time and money to help others. All the best to the people of NY.

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By: VolFirst http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-44558 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:44:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-44558 I volunteered for the Red Cross during Katrina. The Red Cross is a big organization and spends a lot of time and resources training its volunteers and raising money in case of a disaster. It is an emergency services organization that relies mostly on volunteers as first responders. It is painstakingly difficult to convince people to give money ‘in case’ of a disaster. It is equally difficult to train a full army of volunteers ‘in case’ of a disaster. People want to volunteer and contribute immediatly. This was quite apparent with the outpouring of volunteers during both Katrina and Sandy. In response to taking a week to have a presence in NY and NJ keep in mind the majority of people coming to provide services for the Red Cross are volunteers who are leaving their jobs, families and lives behind to help others. There is not a significant staff that runs into a disaster zone…they call all of the volunteers that have been trained to go first with the staff they have trained. I am not saying that they do everything perfect or that they couldn’t improve. I am saying that they are only as good as the volunteers and resources they have been capable of stockpiling ‘just in case’. The additional funds raised during a disaster are used to provide food, shelter, medical supplies and other supplies dictated by the type of disaster. They must also provide travel accommodations and food for staff and volunteers sent into the disaster area. This is no small or inexpensive production. If people are really committed to helping others they should be trained by the Red Cross and on a list of volunteers. They would be more than happy to have people on standby. Despite all the bad press from Katrina I spent from September – December watching volunteers and staff at the Red Cross use their resources in any way to help the victims of Katrina. The AmeriCorp workers and staff at our branch did not get paid much, but they showed up everyday and night with a smile on. The volunteers were on call night and day and didn’t complain. The success of the Red Cross is highly dependent on people showing up even when there is not an enormous disaster…a house fire, a sewer main breakage, a gas leak that leaves you homeless? If you have no place to go they will come to your aid and provide safe shelter and help you find a new place to live if you need it. The Red Cross is not perfect, but they exist because there is a need to have people prepared in times of disaster both big and small. The organizations on the ground are essential and there is no argument that the Red Cross could support them better and learn from their success. But please don’t stop giving to the Red Cross because you think they are not doing their job. They are…and they can do it better with your help…get trained and see for yourself all the good work they do.

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By: Vasastan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/11/12/the-problem-with-the-red-cross/comment-page-1/#comment-44554 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:43:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=19406#comment-44554 In Sweden, the Red Cross has problems for decades, and the fact that the problems are never corrected shows that the International Red Cross organization has little interest in getting its act together – very similar to the problems in the article.
The total administrative cost (including fundraising) is above 20% of money collected, far above what the organisation states publicly. They get away with this because they have one set of rules that are publicly promoted, and another set that they follow internally. The second set of rules allows them to charge office, IT, and advertising costs, among oter things, to their charity projects despite such charges being prohibited by the first set of rules.

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