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October 31, 2014

Red Cross Responds to Reports of Mismanagement After Hurricanes

In an interview with Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour, Suzy DeFrancis, chief public-affairs officer for the American Red Cross, responded to an investigation highlighting mismanagement following Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac in 2012.

Ms. DeFrancis said that the investigation, published by ProPublica and NPR and based on internal documents and communications, failed to show "any of the good work" done by the Red Cross in the wake of the two devastating storms. The organization distributed 17.5 million meals and snacks and 7 million relief items like gloves and hats, she said.

Responding to allegations that some Red Cross vehicles were driven around or staged for media purposes, she said that only disaster responders can direct where trucks go and that all trucks were "full of food."