From the Cajun Navy Rescue Ops page: Update on Burton shelter operation;
Volunteers are very disappointed with how the Red Cross has handled their disaster relief efforts in Lake Charles, Louisiana. This is an organization that travels the world setting up shelters and assisting in disaster relief efforts. Why are they so unorganized?
Volunteers witnessed them being very rude to the people taking shelter. These people are being bussed into the Burton shelter. They get off the bus and are told, “We don’t have room for you.” They look around like what is going on, saying “We did not drive the bus here…why did y’all bring us here if it is full?” The Red Cross does not explain to them any type of plan. A volunteer was there witnessing this. They stopped feeding people & told them “The kitchen was closed.” It was terrible. People were very upset.
The Sheriff’s office came in and started taking over after witnessing the inadequate operation. They explained to the people they would be loading them back on buses to go further to the Alexandria shelter. They got food and water, fed them, checked them out medically and sent them on to Alexandria.
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Once they explained what was going on it helped with some of the crowd. Many were very upset and said, “They were burning all of their New Orleans Saints stuff and they would never return to Louisiana. We were supposed to be helping them.” They called us unorganized and were not happy.
What these people were witnessing was NOT Louisiana, it was the unorganized operation of the Red Cross. After refusing donations and help, the Red Cross ended up without provisions to give to the people needing shelter, food, clothing, and even medical attention. They refused the physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other medical personnel volunteers who offered their services. We later got a call at 7:00 P.M. to please rally our medical help and come to the Burton shelter.
There was no plan in place, no signs helping direct people, no direction by Red Cross volunteers or leaders. How can an organization that does this for a living be so unprepared and unorganized? The Red Cross is even charging the rescuers for food!
Please donate to the Cajun Navy relief fund. They seem to be doing a much better job than the Red Cross, and are more organized. Simply click here to donate on PayPal.
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