|Help make a difference for disaster survivors
Nov. 16 Update:
• We met Rachel, a mother of a four year old who is also pregnant. With a house collapsed around her, she spoke with our assessment teams and broke into tears when asked “What will you do next?” It’s families like Rachels that we are working desperately to help. They are taking refuge under the piece of corrugated metal roofing.
• Thanks to Rotary connections in the Philippines, ShelterBox has been offered free storage on Cebu Island. This is further testament to the strength of ShelterBox and Rotary’s relationship and tangible evidence of the two organizations working to deliver practical solutions on the ground as well as the vital fundraising and awareness building that goes on around the globe. The storage will provide a valuable link in the logistics channel for aid from the airport onwards to distribution in Tyhpoon-hit communities to the north of Cebu City.
• The SRT in Bantayan Islands have been meeting with local mayors and community leaders as well as conducting site assessments and seeing for themselves the extent of the damage caused by the Typhoon. The team has also been begun train-the-trainer sessions with local authorities to enable swift erection of camps upon arrival of the ShelterBoxes this weekend. Local authorities have been expressing their huge gratitude for ShelterBox’s commitment of aid to the region.
• The team working on logistics are doing everything they can to expedite the release of our aid and hope that by this evening (their morning) that we’ll have aid moving to the Bantayan islands.
• The teams in Bohol are still delivering aid to earthquake and typhoon survivors. Because we had teams on the ground we were able to deliver aid to typhoon survivors the day after the typhoon struck.
When a disaster occurs, we watch the news and wish we could help. We CAN help! About every two weeks, a disaster occurs and an organization called ShelterBox delivers lifesaving aid to those affected.
We often take the basics for granted such as a roof over our head or a tap with running water. In the days following a disaster, many are left to cope on their own, forcing survivors to spend their time finding shelter for their family or a means to cook a hot meal and purify water.
Then imagine ShelterBox arrives to provide lifesaving equipment such as a family tent that can withstand harsh temperatures and winds, water purification, a stove, pots and pans, tools, blankets and even a children’s activity pack.
People are living without shelter RIGHT NOW and we can make a difference.
About the Disaster
With winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines Friday, is thought to be the largest storm ever recorded, surpassing Hurricane Camille in 1969. More than 10,000 people are feared dead and thousands have been left homeless.
ShelterBox currently has teams working in the country, responding to both the typhoon and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. Another team is inbound to the disaster now including US SRT John Cordell and Derek Locke who will be replacing Mark Dyer from Chicago who was in the island nation during the typhoon.