4Relational Dynamics

During the last full week of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged communities from Jamaica to the northeastern United States—leaving hundreds dead, thousands without food, housing, or power, and billions of dollars in damage done along its path. In New York and New Jersey, flooding and tidal surges devastated coastal and low-lying communities, leaving many residents in need of basic services—something to eat, something dry to wear, someplace warm to go. In the days immediately following the storm, one question almost hung in the air above buildings and neighborhoods seemingly forgotten or neglected by the aid organizations supposedly standing at the ready: Where is the American Red Cross?

It took days before many official ...

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