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November 12 2015

Disaster Financial Recovery and Preparedness Division of Operation HOPE Deploys Staff to Texas and South Carolina to Boost Recovery

Flood effected residents of southern Texas and South Carolina to receive recovery guidance from HOPE Coalition America

LOS ANGELES – November 12, 2015 – Operation HOPE announced today that its disaster financial recovery and preparedness division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA), will deploy staff to the flood-devastated areas in Texas and South Carolina to assist Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross volunteers with recovery efforts.

This week, Jason Yancey, deputy director of HCA, will deploy to southern Texas to provide one-on-one financial recovery information, coordinate volunteers and encourage individuals to register as HCA clients to receive services through the national assistance toll-free hotline, 888-388-HOPE (4673).

“Jason’s visit to these flood damaged areas will further Operation HOPE’s efforts to support our partners FEMA and the American Red Cross in helping Americans recover from these flooding disasters, said Director of HOPE Coalition America Oliver Bell. “We will work together to rebuild, improve our capability to prepare for, recover from, and facilitate the financial road to recovery for those affected.”

The severe flooding caused the death of more than 43 people in Texas and South Carolina combined. The damages to bridges, roadways and buildings are estimated to cost more than $1.27 billion in total. During the time of flooding both states were declared official disasters by President Barack Obama.

Working through a collaboration of banking, insurance, and other financial-related and community service agencies, HCA will provide survivors with financial and economic guidance and assistance to receive any of the following free services:

  • FEMA Applications and Appeals
  • Home Inspections and Repair Contracts
  • Small Business Recovery
  • Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Documents
  • Insurance Claims Assistance and Appeals
  • Disaster Recovery Budget
  • Financial Counseling
  • Assistance Negotiating and Working with Your Creditors
  • Managing Mortgage Payments on a Destroyed Home

Formed in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, HOPE Coalition America is a national partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, focusing on strategies for economic recovery before and after disasters.

HCA has assisted more than 800,000 individuals and families recover from disasters with financial services since its creation in 2001. In addition, it has distributed over 600,000 copies of the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG), which provide step-by-step instructions for how to protect personal assets and financial information to reduce vulnerability after a disaster. These are available to download free on HOPE’s website www.operationhope.org/emergency-kit. Find out how prepared you are financially to recover from a disaster by taking our disaster preparedness test.

Get your Disaster Financial Recovery Score and an action plan. Visit ww.DFRScore.org.