update: NEWS RELEASE: OpUSA Readies Aid for Haiti in Wake of Hurricane Tomas



LOS ANGELES, CA (November 5, 2010)— Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA continues to provide support to partners on the ground in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince to alleviate damage and suffering from the arrival of Hurricane Tomas. The storm began to hit Haiti Thursday night, bringing heavy winds and rain to the already vulnerable island nation.

Operation USA has four sea containers of shelter and emergency supplies in port in the Domincan Republic, ready for use by the city of Jacmel as soon as clearance is granted by the Haitian government.

Anticipated flooding could bring immeasurable damage to the many crowded tent camps that still house hundreds 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 storm was upgraded to hurricane status this morning. By 11 a.m. ET, the center of the storm passed between Haiti and southeastern Cuba. Tomas had maximum sustained winds of about 130 km/h and some additional strengthening is expected.

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.

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.


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