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January 01 2008

Operation HOPE Responds to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

Los Angeles, CA -- Monday, September 22, 2008 --Operation HOPE, through its HOPE Coalition division, is responding to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, continuing the disaster preparedness and recovery activities initiated after 9/11.  During the past seven years HOPE has established written cooperative agreements with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and is a national member of Citizen Corps ( ) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters ( These relationships allow HOPE Coalition to engage with individuals and families encouraging them to complete the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDPG) prior to an emergency or disaster.

Free recovery assistance, including the Disaster Recovery Budget, Paying a Mortgage on a Destroyed Home, Home Inspections and Repair Contracts, Assistance Working with Your Creditors, Referrals to Government and Private Agencies, Assistance with Obtaining Copies of Destroyed Financial Documents, Insurance Claims Assistance, Recovery Seminars, and Case Management, is available to individuals affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  Individuals needing financial recovery information and guidance should call 888-388-HOPE (4673).  Assistance counselors can also help individuals access the services of all volunteer agencies providing assistance. For immediate health and safety needs individuals should call the American Red Cross at 800-975-7585 or , and to register for FEMA assistance, please call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or apply on-line , Apply for Assistance.




Individuals with experience in the financial services industry can volunteer to assist families through the recovery process on HOPE's website, Be A Hero, on the bottom left hand corner of the home page.

For additional information on how you can help, visit HOPE Responds to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike .