IOCC Hurricane Relief Efforts Continue

Baltimore, MD (October 6, 2004) — Hurricane Jeanne is gone but — with so much damage left behind — not forgotten.

The fourth hurricane to hit Florida and the Caribbean in six weeks, Hurricane Jeanne left her mark on areas previously visited by Hurricanes Charley and Frances in August and September. And it had a devastating effect on Haiti, where the mounting death toll now exceeds 1,800 people.

IOCC is working through its Emergency Disaster Response Network, Church World Service (CWS) and other partners to continue bringing relief to victims of the devastating storms.

In Haiti, Florida and other affected U.S. states, IOCC is supporting CWS efforts to provide more than $800,000 in urgent assistance, including health, sanitation and clean-up kits. IOCC also is supporting CWS efforts to place additional Disaster Response Liaison Teams on the ground in hard-hit areas, where they will assess the needs and ensure that victims are tied into existing aid networks.

IOCC continues to provide additional direct relief and material aid to families as needs are identified by its emergency response network and other sources.

For example, IOCC volunteers organized by Fr. George Savas of Daytona Beach, Fla., have been helping hurricane victims through emergency roof tarping, water and food distribution, debris cleanup, shelter provision and cash assistance.

Fr. Joshua Anna of Wilmington, N.C., has organized shipments of emergency supplies and volunteers to carry them to areas hard-hit by the hurricane. Other members of the IOCC emergency response network are engaged in similar relief efforts with their parishes and cooperating organizations.

Donations for IOCC’s Hurricane Disaster Response Fund may be sent to IOCC, “Hurricane Relief,” P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, MD 21263-0225. Donations may also be made online at www.iocc.org or by calling toll-free 1-877-803-IOCC (4622).

IOCC’s emergency response network, part of its U.S. Program, consists of trained Orthodox priests and their U.S. parish communities who provide emergency services to people recovering from natural or man-made disasters.

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