A Brief Note On The American Red Cross

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One of the greatest tragedies to strike mankind in this day and age is a natural disaster, in particular, a hurricane. In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the United States causing more than $60 billion in damage and killing around 200 people. There are a few companies that deal with natural disasters and help out as many affected people as possible, one of the largest being the American Red Cross. Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross assists not only disasters in the United States, but all around the world. The American Red Cross was one of the leading nonprofits during Hurricane Sandy, helping those affected by the storm in as many ways as possible. One of the greatest issues that the Red Cross has to deal with is…show more content…
The American Red Cross’ works not only with disaster relief, but the company also consists of many other distinct branches. They help out not only with disaster relief but also with supporting military families, taking blood donations, health and safety services, and also international services. The main focus for this essay will be disaster relief, specifically hurricanes. In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy reached to the United States, the American Red Cross was one of the leading disaster relief companies. According to the American Red Cross’ website, the following were used to provide relief to the United States from Hurricane Sandy: over 300 emergency response vehicles, nearly 7,000,000 relief items, more than 17,000,000 meals, 74,000 overnight stays in shelter, 113,000 emotional support and health contacts, and over 17,000 trained disaster workers were deployed (Disaster Relief Services). The Red Cross takes donations not only from charitable individuals but they also take donations from large corporations, including 3M, General Electric and Wal-Mart (PR, N.) Donations to the Red Cross, totaling approximately $313.1 million as of September 30, 2015 are spread out in many different ways. There are four main forms of assistance in which the money from the donations are spread out. These types of assistance are broken up as individual casework and assistance, food and shelter, housing and community assistance, and relief items.
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