Len Nemeroff, Chair
ShelterBox in Houston, Florida and Caribbean
News at 9/19/2017 - We are in Texas and the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Harvey, and in Florida and the Keys due to Hurricane Irma. We also have ShelterBox teams in Barbados to work in the coordination hub there (which includes the DHL Disaster Response Team, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency). We will establish a hub there to work on the complex logistics of getting aid to the families that desperately need it.
News at 9/11/2017 - ShelterBox is standing by to assist with emergency shelter & other critical relief aid. We're continuing to provide relief in Texas & the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Harvey.
With Hurricane Irma hitting the Caribbean + Florida & beyond ShelterBox has been readied with 500 ShelterBoxes stored in Miami (in a safe area) and 2,000 ShelterKits in Panama ready to go. The Kits contain, tarps, building tools, blankets, water filters, solar lights, & cooking equipment. These are essential items that families need to survive & start the recovering process. We have established separate funds for Harvey & Irma; you may donate to either or both.
In the Caribbean, families have lost everything. Communities have been destroyed. With power & water supplies cutoff, it will be a longtime before they will be habitable. Our ShelterBox response teams are meeting with FEMA in the U.S. & with the international Federation of the Red Cross to understand how we can get essential shelter items to the islands where the most vulnerable families need it.
NEWS AT 9/4/2017 - ShelterBoxes have arrived & are being delivered and the first tents were set up as Medical Screening Center in the George R. Brown Evacuation Center in Houston.
NEWS AT 9/1/2017 - ShelterBox Response Teams are on the ground in Texas & finding out how to best assist displaced families following Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic flooding. They are currently working with FEMA and other NGOs throughout flooded Texas.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own, and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions, and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival. ShelterBox mission is to help them.
ShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.
The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. In response, ShelterBox developed a solution to help disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.
What's in the Box?
Each Box supplies an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.
The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.
What Does it Cost?
The donation amount to sponsor each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor, you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the web site.