Q: Is the American Red Cross “not helping California wildfire victims” but helping members of the “caravan”?
A: No. The American Red Cross is helping in California, and the global Red Cross network is helping migrants from Central America.
That text is used with a picture of American Red Cross volunteers distributing supplies to Hurricane Sandy victims in 2012 and has nothing to do with migrants.
In fact, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection lists the American Red Cross as a cooperating agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the Red Cross is helping victims find emergency shelter.
Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk misinformation shared on the social media network.
“California Wildfires – Red Cross Helps as Thousands Evacuate.” Press release. American Red Cross. 9 Nov 2018.
“California Wildfires – Red Cross Caseworkers Help with Next Steps.” Press release. American Red Cross. 20 Nov 2018.
“How Does the American Red Cross Help Migrants?” Press Release. American Red Cross. 30 Oct 2018.
Richards, Paul. Hurricane Sandy relief photo. Getty Images. 5 Nov 2012.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Incident information — Woolsey Fire. Fire.ca.gov. 20 Nov 2018.
Federal Emergency Management Agency. FACT SHEET: Housing Options. Fema.gov. 21 Nov 2018.
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