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July 29 2015

Operation HOPE’s Emergency First Financial Aid Kit (EFFAK) Now Available En Espanol

America’s first free disaster recovery kit now in Spanish

LOS ANGELESJuly 30, 2015 – Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE announced today that the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, commonly called the EFFAK, is now available in Spanish. The user friendly, fill-in-the-blank document, helps users identify and organize key financial records, thus quickening the recovery process after a disaster occurs.

“For the first time, this simple tool can be ordered in Spanish through FEMA's distribution center,” said Oliver Bell director of HOPE Coalition America. “This simple tool can help Americans minimize the financial impact of a natural disaster or emergency.”

HOPE Coalition America (HCA) is the organization’s financial recovery and preparedness division. HCA offices, staff trained financial professionals to provide financial literacy classes and one-on-one counseling for organizing personal information, establishing a budget, reviewing insurance coverage, disaster recovery budgeting, cash flow management, accounting services, tax assistance, financial statements and projections, banking relationships, loan applications and financial guidance for individuals and small businesses.

Through a collaboration of executives and professionals from the banking, financial services and insurance industries, as well as educators, government officials and community leaders, HCA provides “economic triage,” financial preparation and recovery guidance to individuals, governmental agencies and businesses before and after disasters.

In 2005, the EFFAK document became a registered federal government document and listed as FEMA publication #532. HCA is a national partner with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Citizen Corps, and the American Red Cross and is an active member of National Volunteer Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD).

To date, HCA has assisted more than 600,000 individuals and small businesses with financial preparedness, disaster recovery and "economic triage" – assessing financial need, identifying the most pressing problems and providing assistance when possible. Since its formation in 2001, the result of a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, HCA has responded to more than 35 disasters and distributed more than one-million of copies of the EFFAK.

The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit offers easy step-by-step instructions for how to protect personal assets and financial information, and reduce the challenges associated with emergencies and disasters. Copies are now available in English and Spanish, for download both from HCA and DHS/FEMA and available through FEMA's distribution center, by calling 1-800-480-2520, and requesting Document #532.