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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Prepares Medical Aid in Response to Earthquakes in Indonesia

By • Oct 1st, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OPERATION USA TO SEND EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID TO INDONESIA FOLLOWING SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES

CATASTROPHE QUICKLY FOLLOWS DISASTERS IN SAMOA AND THE PHILIPPINES; NEED FOR DONATIONS AND CORPORATE SUPPORT INTENSIFIES

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 1, 2009)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will send medical aid to Indonesia following a series of earthquakes that wreaked havoc across the island of Sumatra. A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Sumatra Wednesday, quickly followed by a strong second quake, killing scores of people and trapping thousands under rubble. It is reported that at least 500 buildings in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, collapsed—including a number of hospitals.

Operation USA’s relief efforts will focus on medical aid and support for health clinics and hospitals. The relief group is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles.

“A quick succession of large disasters presents a challenge for a relief agency. As securing resources becomes competitive with so many needs arising at once, it is more important than ever to meet specific needs with the appropriate aid. We urge those that can help to donate generously to help ensure critical aid reaches those who need it most,” states Richard Walden, President and CEO, Operation USA.

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.

About Operation USA

Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 99 countries, delivering over $350 million for relief and development projects.

Operation USA has a long history of work in Indonesia, and continues today to work on long-term projects as a result of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Operation USA’s extensive experience in Asia resulted in quickly mobilizing partners on the ground. Projects were funded in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and India. Operation USA remains an active and dedicated part of the long-term recovery process, and numerous projects continue in a large number of these communities.

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Media Contact:

Alison Deknatel, Director of Communications, Operation USA

310.838.3455 or adeknatel@www.opusa.org

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