I gave some money to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I didn’t see them in the affected areas though. That was about day four. I did see a Salvation Army official. He said that they had a feeding station and, I think, referred to many others. Then recently I saw the head of the Red Cross saying that they were “asked” to stay out of the affected area by FEMA, and obediently did so. This is when people were without water, food or medical supplies.
I remember the tsunami. I watched to see who was there first, on the ground, working. In that case it was Oxfam and Mercy Malaysia, so that’s who I gave my money to. They were there before, or simultaneously with, CNN. The Red Cross eventually did get there but they weren’t the first to set up. Not this time either. I don’t know that much about it, but I have to be honest; I’m troubled by this.
I’m not an expert but I want to start a discussion of who we should give our money to to most effectively help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. If you have any experience or local knowledge, I’d like to hear it. Are any relief organizations helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina right now? Who? What are they doing? What‘s the source of your knowledge?