We are well prepared to respond and will be doing everything we can to deploy ShelterBoxes quickly and effectively.
Sarasota, Fla. (PRWEB) December 19, 2012
International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is in Fiji after Cyclone Evan struck the Pacific nation, destroying homes, causing flash floods and cutting power.
The category four storm with winds of over 200 kilometers per hour and heavy rains is the biggest cyclone to strike the Pacific nation in two decades and has left western parts of the main island, Viti Levu, the hardest hit.
ShelterBox, which responds immediately following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict, has deployed a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) to some of the hardest-hit regions to assess the need for ShelterBoxes and other emergency aid.
Each box includes a disaster relief tent, water purification kit, cook-stoves, blankets and other supplies that help families survive and rebuild their lives in the days, weeks or months following disaster.
With aid already prepositioned in Fiji, ShelterBox will be able to quickly bring shelter and dignity to families in need.
"We are very concerned by reports of the destruction in Fiji caused by Cyclone Evan," said SRT member, Owen Smith. "We are well prepared to respond and will be doing everything we can to deploy ShelterBoxes quickly and effectively."
ShelterBox is also responding to other disasters, including the Syrian refugee crisis in Iraq Kurdistan, earthquakes in Guatemala, and flooding in Nigeria, Senegal, the Philippines and Uganda.
ABOUT SHELTERBOX USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 200 disasters in over 85 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org, 941-907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.