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May 02 2013

HOPE Coalition America to Assist Individuals Recovering from the West, Texas Explosion

Los Angeles – May 2, 2013 – HOPE Coalition America, disaster recovery and preparedness division of Operation HOPE, is making financial recovery services available to survivors of the recent explosion at West Fertilizer Company in Texas. Affected individuals should call 888-388-HOPE (4673) for assistance.

The powerful explosion, which created a crater 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep, killed 14 people, and injured more than 200. The Insurance Council of Texas estimates the damage to surrounding homes and businesses will exceed $100 million.

Working through a collaboration of banking services, insurance, and other financial-related and community services agencies, HCA is responding to the disaster by making financial and economic guidance and information available to individuals affected by the blast.

If you were affected by the explosion, the following free financial services are available to you through HOPE Coalition America:

• Disaster Recovery Budgeting

• Managing Mortgage Payments on a Destroyed Home

• Completing Home Inspections and Managing Contractors

• Assistance with Working with Your Creditors

• Referrals to Government and Private Agencies Providing Assistance

• Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Lost or Destroyed Documents

• Insurance Claims Assistance

• One-on-One Recovery Guidance

• Recovery Seminars and Financial Case Management

HCA is a collaboration of senior executives and professionals from the banking and financial services, insurance, and other industries. Additional participants include higher education, social service, and community services agencies, which provide financial and economic guidance and assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by emergencies and disasters.

The United States has a strong network of first responders to address immediate health, safety, and infrastructure needs after disasters, through agencies such as the Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). HCA strengthens that network by assisting individuals with the short, medium and long-term economic and financial challenges small business and individuals face following a disaster or emergency.

Since its creation in 2001, HCA has assisted more than 250,000 individuals and families recover from disaster. Formed in response to the terrorists attack on the World Trade Center, HCA is a result of a national partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, focusing on pre- and post-disaster strategies for America’s economic stability.