Operation HOPE, through its HOPE Coalition America 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 (www.citizencorps.gov/ ) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (www.nvoad.org/). These relationships allow HOPE Coalition America 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 those affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Individuals needing financial recovery information and guidance should call 888-388-HOPE (4673). 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 americanredcross.org, and to register for FEMA assistance, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or apply on-line www.fema.gov.
Individuals with experience in the financial services industry can volunteer to assist families through the recovery process on HOPE’s website www.operationhope.org/ and click “Be A Hero,” on the bottom left hand corner of the home page.