NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew
Los Angeles, Calif., October 3, 2016—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Haiti and surrounding countries as Hurricane Matthew makes landfall. The agency is planning to deliver recovery aid as needed to affected communities, and will rely on staff members as well as long standing partners to facilitate the distribution of funds and materials.
Hurricane Matthew is currently being reported as a Category 4 storm, with experts predicting “catastrophic” damage to Haiti. Areas of Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cuba and possibly the United States will also be impacted. The storm is expected to maintain strength throughout its slow journey, bringing sustained heavy rainfall and winds up to 140 mph.
As of Monday afternoon, authorities were working rapidly to prepare for the approaching storm, bracing for floods and mudslides in several areas. In Haiti, officials closed the border, cancelled school across the country and began evacuating people from coastal areas. The Port-au-Prince airport was also closed as of Monday.
“We have close ties to the Haitian community, as we have worked in Jacmel since the major earthquake that devastated the country in 2010,” said Richard Walden, CEO, Operation USA. “We know firsthand how vulnerable these communities are, and this storm is sure to exacerbate conditions for many families who are still recovering from the earthquake and cholera epidemic. We desperately need public support at this time to be able to help Jacmel, as well as our partners in other impacted communities across Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba.”
Operation USA has worked in Haiti since 2008, and has remained committed to the community of Jacmel—where the agency rebuilt an eight-building school campus in partnership with Honeywell after the 2010 earthquake. OpUSA has also previously worked in Jamaica and Cuba. The agency will work with long-standing partners in affected communities to deliver aid quickly and efficiently in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
HOW TO HELP:
Donations to Operation USA will be allocated directly to relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.
Donate online at give.opusa.org
, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188.
Donations can also be made via text message: text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Text donations are collected for the benefit of Operation USA by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.org/t.
Corporate donations supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts — bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies, transportation and shipping services, shelter, power generation, water purification and medical supplies — are also being requested.
United Airlines miles can be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at united.com
ABOUT OPERATION USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA supports health and education programs in order to help children and families at home and abroad recover from disasters. Focusing on under-served and overlooked communities, and working with partners around the world, OpUSA empowers communities to recover, build resiliency and thrive.
Richard Walden, President and CEO of Operation USA, is available as an expert source on disaster recovery.