NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Domestic Relief Efforts in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 30, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it is providing emergency aid where needed across the Eastern Seaboard in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The storm, which has left millions of people without power and caused flooding through a wide swath of the nation’s most populous region, has been described as the worst “superstorm” in 100 years, colliding with cold weather fronts from the west and north. Threatening roughly 60 million people in the eastern third of the country. President Obama has signed the state of emergency declaration in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, West Virginia and New Jersey.
Operation USA is readying essential aid to send to where its needed—from emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies, to assisting community health clinics restore services to best serve their communities.
The agency has previously announced that it is working to aid relief efforts in storm impacted Haiti and Cuba—focusing its efforts on providing access to safe water, support for long-time hospital and clinic partners. Operation USA staff in Haiti are assessing shelter, safe water, food and other needs.
HOW TO HELP:
Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. Text AID to 50555 and donate $10 to Operation USA’s disaster relief efforts.
Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested. United and Continental air miles can also be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at www.united.com.
About Operation USA
Operation USA has, since its earliest day, worked to provide aid here at home in ongoing efforts—and responding to domestic disasters. Operation USA’s response to Hurricane Katrina was one of the agency’s largest efforts to date. To address the needs of Katrina victims in the immediate aftermath of the storm, Operation USA focused resources on community health clinics. Having over 27 years of experience supporting low-income health programs, OpUSA provided millions in supplies, as well as cash grants to Gulf Coast clinics. These resources ensured the clinics’ continuity of operations and allowed them to provide critical disaster relief and social services.
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 100 countries, delivering over $400 million for relief and development projects.
Learn more and make secure donations at www.opusa.org.