LOS ANGELES, CA, Sep 22, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — Operation HOPE, through its HOPE Coalition America division, is responding to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, continuing the disaster preparedness and recovery activities initiated after 9/11. During the past seven years HOPE has established written cooperative agreements with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and is a national member of Citizen Corps ( http://www.citizencorps.gov/) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters ( http://www.nvoad.org/). These relationships allow HOPE Coalition America to engage with individuals and families encouraging them to complete the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) prior to an emergency or disaster.
Free recovery assistance, including the Disaster Recovery Budget, Paying a Mortgage on a Destroyed Home, Home Inspections and Repair Contracts, Assistance Working with Your Creditors, Referrals to Government and Private Agencies, Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Financial Documents, Insurance Claims Assistance, Recovery Seminars, and Case Management, is available to individuals affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Individuals needing financial recovery information and guidance should call 888-388-HOPE (4673). Assistance counselors can also help individuals access the services of all volunteer agencies providing assistance. For immediate health and safety needs, individuals should call the American Red Cross at 800-975-7585 or http://www.redcross.org/, and to register for FEMA assistance, please call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or apply on-line at http://www.fema.gov/, under Apply for Assistance.
Individuals with experience in the financial services industry can volunteer to assist families through the recovery process on HOPE’s website http://www.operationhope.org/, under Be A Hero, on the bottom left hand corner of the home page.
For additional information on how you can help, visit HOPE Responds to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike ( http://www.operationhope.org/smdev/pressrelease2.php?id=1524).
About Operation HOPE (HOPE)
Founded in 1992, following the worst urban riot in U.S. history, Operation HOPE is America’s leading nonprofit social investment banking and financial literacy empowerment organization. With more than 400 private sector partners, 1500 nonprofit organizations and schools, and 100 government partners serving 68 under-served communities in the U.S. cities as well as South Africa, Operation HOPE has raised more than $400 million in its pursuit of educating, assisting and inspiring the next generation of global "silver rights" stakeholders. Through international initiatives and its principal programs: Banking on Our Future (teaching school children about money), HOPE Coalition America (Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline, 1-888-388-HOPE, financial emergency preparedness and disaster relief), HOPE Advisors and the HOPE Banking Center Network (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking principles), Operation HOPE has assumed the responsibility of piloting the Silver Rights Movement towards making free enterprise and capitalism relevant to all under-served communities. Civil rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young is the global spokesman for Operation HOPE. More information about the organization can be found at www.operationhope.org.
Contact: Sherry John 213-891-2908 firstname.lastname@example.org