I was glad to join my friend and partner in emergency economic disaster preparedness, response and recovery, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate this week at FEMA headquarters for a taping of a series of Public Service Announcements destined for the FEMA websites and possibly supporting broadcasters.
The national partnership between Operation HOPE, our HOPE Coalition America (HCA) division, and DHS/FEMA represents one of three principal focus areas of Operation HOPE. HCA has responded to more than 20 Presidentially declared national disasters since HCA's creation following 9/11, including Hurricane Katrina.
The taping session focused the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) which we developed in partnership with FEMA and is presently available as a free download or document for every American, at Ready.gov. An additional taping focused on how our partnership and work impacts and supports the minority and underserved small business community that was in most cases struggling before crisis struck.
HCA has served more than 250,000 individuals spanning from Hurricane Katrina (we still have an operational office in New Orleans, serving the Gulf region) to even man-made disasters such as the mortgage crisis.
Set aside from our full partnership with FEMA, our Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline has served more than 125,000 individuals alone, restructuring more than $500 million in subprime mortgages.
Check here for more information on FEMA, HOPE Coalition America and the DHS/FEMA partnership with HOPE.
John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass) the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama. Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.