September is National Preparedness Month. Established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Ready.gov, this is a time to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies that may happen at any time.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation and Operation Blessing have responded to over 20 natural disasters together. The nonprofit organization became a national partner of The Home Depot Foundation in 2019, and today, we’re sharing more about how this partnership plays a role in disaster preparedness.
Established in 1978, Operation Blessing dedicated their mission of “sharing God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world.” Their U.S. Disaster Relief team was developed after Hurricane Katrina, when they saw a critical need for assistance in rebuilding communities after a catastrophe.
Operation Blessing has four program pillars: disaster relief, hunger relief, medical care and clean water. Their team not only focuses on immediate assistance, but they also work to promote long-term stability in the areas they serve. This past year, they were able to provide disaster relief in over 20 cities, deliver over 800,000 pounds of assistance supplies and distribute over 2,500 relief kits packed by The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot volunteers.