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Operation Blessing gets ready for a busy storm season.

By June 2, 2005

USA (MNN)–Weather forecasters think this year’s hurricane season will bring echoes of last year’s tumultuous season.

The U.S. government has issued its own forecast, predicting 12 to 15 tropical storms between June 1 and November 30, with seven to nine of those becoming hurricanes. Three to five of those are likely to be intense, the government predicted.

Operation Blessing continues supporting ongoing hurricane recovery efforts everyday, while preparing strategically for what may lie ahead.

In the months following the four hurricanes last year, OBI teams delivered emergency items throughout the affected areas, including food, blankets, cots, cooking supplies, tarps, and plywood.

As a result of that project, OBI now has a distribution warehouse permanently in place in Ocala, Florida, allowing for immediate response if another hurricane hit the region.

Operation Blessing’s multi-faceted recovery efforts also included awarding more than $2.9 million in grants to relief groups and local churches. More than 120 new partners received grants, many of those being located in rural areas, out of the reach of large relief programs and resources.

The 2004 season also forged lasting response partnerships between OBI and other local, national and church groups. Through these partnerships, OBI teams demonstrate their faith and God’s love by meeting human needs at times of crisis.

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