Shelter Box Rotary for the Houston Flooding

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and in response to the most destructive U.S. storm since, ShelterBox USA begins to position aid in Texas and launches a designated fund in support: the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. 100% of all donations received will support all associated deployment costs with the ShelterBox response to Harvey.
 
Donors, whether they are individuals or clubs, may request to designate their funds specifically to our Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donors can select "Harvey" designation from the drop down menu on the online donation page, or note this on the memo line, if they are submitting a check.
 
Pam Pine a Rotarian in Glenwood Springs, is our Rotary District 5470 Ambassador with Shelter Box.  She invites you to contact her with any questions you may have.  ppine500@hotmail.com   970 928-9546 or 970 948 0606
 
What our team is finding is that given the level of flooding encountered, our soft sided tents called midi tents offer a more viable solution at this time than our ShelterKits or Standard Relief Tents and they are being considered for a “shelter-in-shelter” system that we’ve previously used in similar situations, such as the tsunami in Japan.
 
These tents within an evacuation center would offer families a private space to help preserve dignity, security, and aid in the recovery process, particularly where extended stays are likely. ShelterBox is going to stage these tents, along with school kits and blankets in a Dallas warehouse as it communicates with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, other NGOs and state agencies to determine urgent shelter and aid needs in the hurricane-devastated region.
 
Charity Navigator has added ShelterBox to their list of recommended charities for Harvey-related response. The list features highly-rated organizations responding in the aftermath of this storm and providing assistance to the people and communities affected by it, and we are proud to be included. ShelterBox has received highest rating of 4 stars.
 
Key Facts About the Situation in Texas
  • This is an unprecedented natural disaster, among the worst in USA history.
  • 30,000 people are already displaced.
  • Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has seen widespread destruction and devastation.
  • The impact of Hurricane Harvey means families are being evacuated into collective centers. This is anticipated to continue over the next few days and to spread further in Texas and in Louisiana.