LOS ANGELES (September 12, 2008)—Los Angeles based international relief agency, Operation USA, is responding to Hurricane Ike’s arrival in Texas and preparing a shipment of medical supplies and other essentials to health centers throughout the affected region. Operation USA is working with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers which is dealing with the medical needs of over one million people displaced by Ike.
“This hurricane season may prove to be worse than three years ago when hurricanes Katrina and Rita wreaked so much havoc on our Gulf Coast,” said Richard Walden, President of Operation USA. “We hope the American public will continue their generosity to our neighbors in need. We know this is difficult during the culminating weeks of a national election, the start of the school year and the lure of various sporting events, but millions of people have been displaced and for them, surviving the hurricane and resuming a normal life is the only event in their lives.”
Operation USA’s response to the devastation in the Gulf Coast began immediately following Hurricane Gustav with a shipment of antibiotics and heart medications to twenty clinics in Mississippi and Louisiana. Operation USA is sending water purification chemicals to Haiti and Cuba along with medical equipment and supplies. Operation USA is continuing to coordinate with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as well as statewide nonprofit primary care associations in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas with regard to both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Operation USA has delivered over $18 million in material aid and provided over $2.5 million in cash grants to agencies in the Gulf Coast states.