Operation Blessing to Work with City of Virginia Beach With Disaster Relief Efforts

Irene #040, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Operation Blessing, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization based in Virginia Beach, has set up operations for storm disaster relief from Hurricane Irene for residents of Virginia Beach. 


The city’s Public Works Department and Public Utilities Department are responsible for water/stormwater concerns, solid waste collection and yard debris pickups on all City streets and right-of-ways.  Operation Blessing will coordinate volunteers throughout the City of Virginia Beach to aid anyone needing assistance in clearing debris from their homes and property to the curb so that the City can remove the debris. 


Operation Blessing’s Domestic Relief Team has responded to many of the major federally declared disasters since 2004 including the Midwest flooding (2009), Hurricane Ike (2008), Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Ivan (2004), Suffolk tornadoes, along with numerous ice storms, tornadoes, wildfires and floods. 


“Our sole mission is to aid and assist those who, because of illness, age or other reasons, need assistance in clearing debris and repairing their homes so they can resume a normal and safe existence,” said Bill Horan, President of Operation Blessing International.  “We believe in helping to alleviate human need and suffering wherever we can, and the toll that Hurricane Irene is expected to take on the residents of Virginia Beach clearly points us to our next vital mission.” 


Operation Blessing will coordinate their efforts with Public Works and Public Utilities.   For assistance from Operation Blessing, residents are asked to call:  (757) 274-8650.


Should there be extensive damage in the Hampton Roads community, OBI will be accepting volunteers to help remove debris, repair homes and serve hot meals.  Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from job sites and OBI will provide lodging, food, tools, work order coordination and management.  For more information on volunteer opportunities please stay tuned to www.ob.org.


To volunteer, local residents should call (757) 374-0944.  Out-of-town volunteers wishing to help must call OBI’s office of National Volunteer Management at (757) 226-3407 or via email at volunteer@ob.org, and must register at least 48 hours in advance. 


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