ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) are deployed at a moment’s notice to remote corners of the globe, they are highly trained volunteers from all walks of life and they work tirelessly to deliver on-the-ground aid to families who have been hit by disasters.
We deployed our first four SRT volunteers after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Since then people from all around the world have undergone extensive training and we now have almost two hundred individuals who will drop everything when they receive the call to deploy.
Being sent with our aid into remote and chaotic environments is not for the faint-hearted. Our SRT volunteers bring with them a wealth of knowledge from their different backgrounds, knowledge that is essential when operating in disaster zones. We have teachers and construction workers, business owners and firefighters, designers and photographers; all volunteers who are now specialists in disaster response.
Conditions in the field can be very basic and our SRT members may be operating within days of a disaster. Apart from the human tragedy, the infrastructure of the area may be in ruins and communications severely limited. We make sure all our Response Teams are capable of being self-sufficient and can operate fully without adding to the burden of the people we are there to help. All of our SRT members are exceptional individuals who are fit, hard working, resourceful, good communicators and, most importantly, capable of making the right decisions under pressure.
All of our SRT members have their own inspiring stories to tell. They bring personality and passion to delivering humanitarian aid.
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and begin your journey towards becoming a ShelterBox Response Team member.