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June 13 2013

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to Lead Disaster Recovery HOPE Forum in Atlanta June 18th

HOPE Coalition America, disaster financial recovery and preparedness division of Operation HOPE, helps focus discussion on emergency preparedness strategies

Atlanta– June 13, 2013– Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate will headline Operation HOPE’s fifth HOPE Forum Atlanta series on June 18. The forum, titled “Financial and Economic Disaster Recovery: People, Preparedness and the Price,” will explore the impact of natural disasters and emergencies on individuals and the economy, recovery strategies, and how Americans can better plan for unforeseen calamity.

Joining Fugate are Kwanza Hall, councilman (District 2), Atlanta City Council, Charley English, director, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Art Faulkner, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Jack Morgan, divisional disaster executive, American Red Cross, Dan Brutto, President, UPS International, Chris Womack, Executive Vice President, Southern Companies, John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE, and Fred Smith, president of HOPE Coalition, among others.

Sponsored by Southern Company, the event will be held at the HOPE Financial Dignity Center at Ebenezer. It will also include breakout sessions that will work to develop real-life disaster preparation and recovery strategies. Attendees will divide into three Action Groups: Corporations and Large Employers; Emergency Response and Recovery Officials; and Government and Community Organizations, for targeted and productive actions. The results of these discussions will outline actions that corporations, organizations and individuals can take to help their cities to recover from disasters in the shortest possible time.

HOPE Forums are a series of regional and national events to discuss financial literacy empowerment themes. The topics are designed to frame the issue of financial dignity as an essential economic tool. These Forums help explore solutions to America’s economic recovery and sustainability, bringing the conversation to the community.

HOPE Coalition America assists individuals with the short, medium and long-term economic and financial challenges small business and individuals face following disasters and emergencies. Since its creation in 2001, HCA has assisted more than 300,000 individuals and families recover from disasters.  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, FEMA and the American Red Cross focusing on pre and post disaster strategies for America’s economic stability.

Since its inception in 1992, HOPE, a global nonprofit focused on financial dignity, has empowered more than 2 million individuals and directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities. Through its four core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and small business owners. Its effort to empower underserved communities is a “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.