LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL (Oct. 20, 2010) A team from ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity, is headed to the Philippines later today to deliver emergency shelter and survival equipment for families left homeless by Super Typhoon Megi, the strongest typhoon to strike the country this year.
Super Typhoon Megi, known locally as “Juan,” hit the Philippines’ northern Isabela province on Monday, October 18 prompting the province’s governor to declare a state of calamity. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) was immediately mobilized and the first consignment of ShelterBoxes has been committed to the country.
Since 2000, the international disaster relief organization has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.
“Typhoons regularly strike the Philippines and while early warning systems are in place, the damage caused by this typhoon will likely leave hundreds of families without the basic necessities,” said ShelterBox USA Executive Director Veronica Brandon Miller.
SRT members Lyndon Tamblyn and Arnold Kelly, both from New Zealand, will arrive in Manila, the Philippines’ capital, this evening. They will work with local Rotarians to establish the areas of greatest need while they await the arrival of 200 ShelterBoxes and four Classrooms in a Box.
Typhoon Megi is now expected to hit China where thousands of people have been evacuated.
In 2009, more than 1,600 ShelterBoxes were delivered to families in the Philippines who lost their homes when typhoons hit the country. This is ShelterBox’s first deployment to the Philippines in 2010.
The iconic green ShelterBox contains a tent to provide shelter for up to 10 family members, tool kit, cook stove, water purification equipment, children’s activities, and other essential equipment tailored to the climate and conditions of the destination. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.
The organization’s largest distributions of aid have been in Pakistan and Haiti. ShelterBox has committed emergency shelter for up to 147,590 people in Pakistan in response to devastating floods. In Haiti, ShelterBox provided emergency shelter for more than 250,000 residents displaced by the January 2010 earthquake. ShelterBox also is currently delivering life-saving aid in Mexico following the landslides and flooding caused by a slew of hurricanes to hit the country.
Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org or by mailing a check to 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. For information or to make a contribution by phone, please call 941-907-6036.
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