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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Mobilizes as Tropical Storm Tomas Approaches Haiti

By • Nov 4th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OPERATION USA MOBLIZES TO SEND EMERGENCY AID AS TROPICAL STORM TOMAS APPROACHES HAITI

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2010)— Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will provide support to partners on the ground in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince to alleviate damage and suffering as needs arise from the projected impact of Tropical Storm Tomas. The storm is expected to hit Haiti beginning tonight, bringing heavy winds and rain to the already vulnerable island nation.

Anticipated flooding could bring immeasurable damage to the many crowded tent camps that still house tens of thousands, as well as bring enormous stress to the already tenuous infrastructure in Port-au-Prince, and beyond. Fears also extend to the exacerbation of the cholera outbreak that recently hit the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tomas could be near or at hurricane strength—74 miles per hour—as its center passes Haiti. Jamaica and eastern Cuba are also likely to feel its effects.

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care and sanitation materials, including antibiotics, shelter and water purification supplies.

HOW TO HELP: 
Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

Text “AID” to 50555 and donate $10 to OpUSA’s Haiti relief efforts.

About Operation USA’s work in Haiti
Operation USA responded rapidly to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, shipping emergency aid within days of the disaster. Numerous long-term recovery projects are currently underway, with an emphasis on education, healthcare, youth programs, livelihood and social services. Operation USA estimates that it has sent over $5.5 million in donated medical, energy, food and shelter supplies to Haiti to date getting essential pharmaceuticals, medical, emergency and shelter supplies, generators and light towers, as well as medical personnel to partner agencies on the ground in Port-au-Prince, as well as the equally hard-hit city of Jacmel.

Operation USA has focused a good portion of its relief and recovery efforts in Jacmel—knowing it can make a significant impact in this smaller and somewhat overlooked community. The agencies largest project, the rebuilding of the public school Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez in Jacmel, is currently under construction.


Recipients/Partners include:  
L’Athletique d’Haiti, Artists for Peace and Justice, Centre de Sante (Petit-Goave), The City of Jacmel, Hands and Feet (Jacmel), Mission Ranch Medical Clinic (Citi Soleil), Partners in Health, Project Medishare/University of Miami and St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital/St. Luke’s Schools.


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Media Contact: 


Alison Deknatel, Director of Communications, Operation USA

310.838.3455 or adeknatel@www.opusa.org

Richard Walden, President & CEO, Operation USA
310.838.3455 or rwalden@www.opusa.org