“Our capacity to respond everywhere we’re needed will depend on the generosity of our supporters at this time.”
Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB)
September 08, 2017
Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, today announced plans to assess damage and deliver aid to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and in Mexico in the aftermath of a major earthquake. The agency will deliver both financial and in-kind recovery support as needed to affected communities and will call on community-based partners to facilitate the distribution of aid.
Hurricane Irma—one of the strongest-ever Atlantic storms and longest-lasting Category 5 hurricanes on record—left a path of destruction across the Caribbean this week, causing widespread damage and several deaths in Barbuda and St. Martin as well as in areas of the Lesser Antilles, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. On Friday, the hurricane continued to batter areas of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and Cuba as a Category 4 storm. Irma is expected to hit Florida by late Saturday. Several communities have been evacuated as officials in the state are bracing for direct impact.
In Mexico, a major earthquake registered as a magnitude 8.1—the strongest to hit the country in a century—struck late Thursday off the country’s southern coast. The tremor triggered a tsunami, and shaking was felt across areas of Mexico and Guatemala. The states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to nine million people, were closest to the epicenter and hardest hit. Already vulnerable conditions in those areas where damage is being reported will exacerbate challenges in the quake’s aftermath.
As of Friday, OpUSA had prepared two truckloads of relief supplies—including shelter kits, personal hygiene kits, wound care kits, medical supplies, power generators and power kits, clothing, bed mats and other items—for shipment to Florida. The organization is now calling for in-kind material donations from corporate partners and monetary donations from the public to enable relief and recovery efforts both in Florida and in Mexico.
“It’s heartbreaking to see another storm of this magnitude hit the US as we’re still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, with a major earthquake rocking Mexico at the same time” said Richard…