Friday 09 November 2012
ShelterBox helps families in USA, Cuba and HaitiSRT member Todd Finklestone (US) delivering blankets to families in need in cold wintry New Jersey, USA, November, 2012.
ShelterBox has Response Teams in Cuba and the United States responding to the damage Hurricane Sandy left behind as well as one en route to Haiti today.
Around 18,000 homes have been flooded, damaged or destroyed in Haiti, according to the latest United Nations figures from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
James Webb (UK) is part of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) travelling to the Caribbean country to assess the need:
'It's been two and a half years since I first went to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Since then the country has continued to be struck by catastrophe and people are still living in horrendous conditions.
'I'm part of the team going to see whether ShelterBox can help after Tropical Storm Sandy. There are lots of challenges facing us as reports suggest that it's largely remote communities that have been most-affected.
'Making a difference'
'I'm apprehensive about seeing the continued suffering of people so long after the earthquake that turned their lives upside-down. However, I'm looking forward to working alongside the existing aid effort and making a difference if ShelterBox is a suitable solution.'
Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated 8 million people to be left without power along the east coast of the United States as well as billions of dollars in damage. ShelterBox is supporting emergency efforts in New York and New Jersey by distributing blankets to those in need, bringing them warmth from the cold winter temperatures.
SRT member Ryan Lampasona (US) speaks from the field:
In Cuba, SRT members Beth Mitchell (UK) and Mark Stephenson (UK) have been working with the government, including the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX), to coordinate an effective response to the disaster.
With your support we can continue to bring more disaster survivors around the world shelter, warmth and dignity.