IOCC Providing Aid to Victims of Hurricane Charley

Baltimore, MD (August 17, 2004) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is working with its domestic disaster response partners to help victims of Hurricane Charley by providing critical assistance to those hardest hit by the storm.

The death toll this morning from Hurricane Charley now stands at 19, according to Florida law enforcement officials. Authorities are estimating total property damage in the billions of dollars, though it could be some time before final fatality and damage figures are known, since access to many areas is still cut off. Hundreds of thousands remain without power in parts of Florida, and it could take weeks before power is restored in some areas.

Working through one of its primary domestic disaster response partners, Church World Service (CWS), IOCC is supporting the work of disaster response liaison teams to identify members of communities already vulnerable before the disaster, and to assess and help meet both their short and long-term unmet recovery needs.

This aid work will focus on all areas of Florida affected by the hurricane, including the Gulf Coast, and will involve collaboration with local disaster response groups like Florida Interfaith Networking in Disaster (FIND), the Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and IOCC’s local Orthodox Church partners.

IOCC is the humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). All of its assistance is delivered solely on the basis of need.