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January 01 2007

Operation HOPE Responds to Gov. Schwarzenegger's Call to Assist Southern California Wildfire Victims

HOPE Disaster Assistance Call Center Activated to Help Those in Need of Emergency Financial Strategies and Guidance

"HCA is part of a strong network of first responders to disasters in the United States who address immediate health, safety, and infrastructure needs. We will work to provide second-step recovery to Californians who need our assistance to rebuild their homes and lives," said Fred Smith, managing director of the preparedness and recovery division of Operation HOPE.

"Providing economic triage is what's needed when people face the results of a catastrophe. At the core of their concerns are financial issues and decisions and we are committed to providing strategies and guidance in financial matters to every person affected by these fires to get them back on their feet as soon as possible," said Operation HOPE, Founder, Chairman and CEO, John Hope Bryant.

-- Emergency Recovery Budget Guidance
-- Obtaining Copies of Personal and Financial Documents
-- When Should You Rebuild
-- Assistance Working with Your Creditors
-- Referrals to Government and Private Assistance Agencies
-- Insurance Claims Assistance, Mortgage Payments, etc...

Operation HOPE employees and volunteers will also visit California Disaster Assistance One-Stop Centers, American Red Cross Centers and FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers to ensure individuals are aware of our free recovery services. Through the distribution of our services flyer, individuals needing assistance are encouraged to call 888-388-HOPE (4673).
<span style="\&quot;font-family:" arial;\"="">HOPE Coalition America is the national emergency preparedness and assistance division of Operation HOPE, Inc., America's leading provider of economic empowerment tools and services. It provides financial and economic guidance and information to individuals and small businesses affected by emergencies and disasters. HCA boasts two principal products: the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) is a document which aids people to create detailed listings of their important personal and financial information; and the companion document, the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) guides you through the survival and recovery steps. The documents are available as a free download from our website