International Disaster Relief Organization Urges American Families to Prepare for Hurricane Season

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Hurricane season begins June 1 through Nov. 30 and international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox USA, urges American families to get prepared now.

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Each ShelterBox contains a family tent, water purification system, cookware, tools and other essential supplies.

We hope the items in a ShelterBox inspire others to create their own kits, tailored to the needs of their families.

Hurricane season begins June 1 through Nov. 30 and international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox USA, urges American families to get prepared now.

ShelterBox USA, which responds to disasters such as hurricane, earthquake, flood, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid to help families rebuild their lives, is urging Americans to create their own survival kits.

Each ShelterBox, which is hand-delivered worldwide by highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteers, is packed based on the needs of disaster survivors but typically includes a family tent, water purification system, water carriers, cookware, tool kit, blankets and other essential supplies.

“At ShelterBox USA, we focus on providing assistance to those who need it most following disasters and prepare by prepositioning aid all around the world,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA.

“But as individuals, we can all take steps to prepare for the unexpected disaster that can impact our own families.”

While the charity does not sell its ShelterBox kits, it accepts donations to deliver them to the most vulnerable families made homeless by a disaster.

For inspiration on creating your own kit, see what items are included in a ShelterBox at http://www.shelterboxusa.org/kit.

Sperling added, “We hope the items in a ShelterBox inspire others to create their own kits, tailored to the needs of their families.”

Other information on preparing for a disaster can also be found by visiting FEMA at http://www.fema.gov.

ShelterBox is currently monitoring the earthquake that struck Italy on May 29 and stands ready to respond.

ABOUT SHELTERBOX USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided families with shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 170 disasters in 80 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.

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