Following last month’s earthquake and Friday’s Typhoon Haiyan, ShelterBox has already deployed all its aid pre-positioned at the former US air base at Clark on Luzon island.
With more response teams arriving in the coming days, ShelterBox is now assessing the need to call on other stock held at Dubai, at Subang near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Melbourne in Australia and ait its Cornwall HQ in Helston.
Having weathered the storm on Bohol island, ShelterBox Response Team member Mark Dyer is now busy with colleagues helping local people and organisations to cope with the aftermath. He says, ‘Many people on Bohol were already living in tented structures, and away from their usual homes, after the earthquake. We had been setting up camps and putting people back on their own property.’
‘When we knew the typhoon was coming we advised people to lower the tents before the storm. So we are now going back to help people put these tents back up, so they will at least have places to live for the next few weeks.’
The first shipments of emergency assistance have started to arrive to the affected areas, with aid agencies warning the extent of the devastation wreaked by the Typhoon have severely hampered the logistics of bringing vital shelter, food or clean water to the millions affected.
The ShelterBox is a simple and effective solution in disaster response. It delivers the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, such as the terrible aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Each box contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.