Disaster Response Team En Route to Tornado-hit Oklahoma

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A response team with international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is en route to tornado-hit Moore, Okla., to assess unmet needs for humanitarian aid among impacted families and communities.

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In the following days, our team will be focusing on the most impacted areas to identify unmet shelter and non-food needs.

A response team with international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is en route to tornado-hit Moore, Okla., to assess unmet needs for humanitarian aid among impacted families and communities.

Members of the highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT), Wayne Robinson, of Roswell, Ga., and Jeff Deatherage, of Leawood, Ks., are en route to the Oklahoma City suburbs where a tornado has carved a two-mile wide path, with winds up to 200 miles per hour, destroying houses and schools, killing dozens, injuring hundreds and displacing thousands.

The team is expected to arrive within 24 hours, at which point they will begin the assessment and determine how ShelterBox can best assist vulnerable families.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this catastrophe,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA president. “In the following days, our team will be focusing on the most impacted areas to identify unmet shelter and non-food needs.”

As seen with Superstorm Sandy, these situations often require non-food items like blankets and hygiene kits. ShelterBox was able to assist families living in New York and New Jersey impacted by the hurricane and subsequent winter storms.

ShelterBox continues to provide aid to families affected by the conflict in Syria, flooding in Uganda and earthquake in Pakistan.

ABOUT SHELTERBOX USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict. 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 or 941-907-6036.
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