Sarasota, Fla. (PRWEB) September 10, 2012
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is assessing the need for emergency shelter in Senegal, following heavy rains that have caused flooding in various areas over the past few weeks.
International humanitarian relief organization, ShelterBox provides boxes of emergency aid to survivors of disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict. Each box contains a disaster relief tent, stove, blankets, water filtration system, and other tools necessary to help families live independently and with dignity in the months following disaster.
Ibrahima Laye Thiome, the disaster management coordinator for the Senegalese Red Cross, contacted former US resident and SRT member, Rick Commiso, who lives in the West African country, to request ShelterBoxes for the affected regions.
"Dakar, the capital, has been hit pretty hard," said Commiso. "There are over 1,800 families displaced and currently staying in schools and other structures across the city.”
Commiso visited an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp housing hundreds of people, but many families who will need to leave the camp by the end of September or October have nowhere to return.
UK-based SRT members, Ed Owen and Sanchia Gallagher have joined Commiso in Senegal to assess the damage and need for emergency shelter and liaise with the Red Cross.
ShelterBox is also currently responding to flooding in Niger.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 180 disasters in over 80 countries. 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.