ShelterBox USA

Len Nemeroff, Chair

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ShelterBox in Houston, Florida and Caribbean

News at 9/19/2017 - We are in Texas and the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Harvey, and in Florida and the Keys due to Hurricane Irma. We also have ShelterBox teams in Barbados to work in the coordination hub there (which includes the DHL Disaster Response Team, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency). We will establish a hub there to work on the complex logistics of getting aid to the families that desperately need it.

A second team is working with Red Cross National Societies to start distributing 500 Shelter Kits following needs assessment.  A third team is in the Dominican Republic to provide 500 more Shelter Kits along with training in how to use them through partner agencies. Habitat for Humanity oversees recovery efforts beyond this emergency phase, ensuring maximum benefit for the families we are helping.

Lastly, a fourth team left the USA on Friday going to the British Virgin Islands to conduct need assessments. Aid including tents and ShelterBoxes containing NFI's were packed in the UK and were shipped with assistance of Virgin Atlantic Airlines which stepped in to help with logistics.

What is urgently needed is dollars, as the storage boxes are gone and over 2,000 ShelterKits have been delivered.  With Hurricane Marie headed toward the Caribbean and possibly the USA, anyone can see the need. Previously the District raised close to $50,000 for Haiti in 2011 and $100,000 for the Philippines in 2014-15.

Please make your checks Club or personal to ShelterBox USA and mail to Len Nemeroff, NJ Ambassador, 9 Deacon Dr. Hamilton, NJ 08619.

News at 9/11/2017 - ShelterBox is standing by to assist with emergency shelter & other critical relief aid. We're continuing to provide relief in Texas & the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Harvey.

With Hurricane Irma hitting the Caribbean + Florida & beyond ShelterBox has been readied with 500 ShelterBoxes stored in Miami (in a safe area) and 2,000 ShelterKits in Panama ready to go. The Kits contain, tarps, building tools, blankets, water filters, solar lights, & cooking equipment. These are essential items that families need to survive & start the recovering process. We have established separate funds for Harvey & Irma; you may donate to either or both.

In the Caribbean, families have lost everything. Communities have been destroyed. With power & water supplies cutoff, it will be a longtime before they will be habitable. Our ShelterBox response teams are meeting with FEMA  in the U.S. & with the international Federation of the Red Cross to understand how we can get essential shelter items to the islands where the most vulnerable families need it.

NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE - make checks payable to SHELTERBOX USA and mail to Len Nemeroff, NJ Ambassador, 9 Deacon Dr. Hamilton, NJ 08619.

NEWS AT 9/4/2017 - ShelterBoxes have arrived & are being delivered and the first tents were set up as Medical Screening Center in the George R. Brown Evacuation Center in Houston.

While sections of Houston have started to dry out, other areas of the city remain under water and impassable.
More than 30,000 people are still in shelters in the area. "Shelter mission is the biggest battle that we have right now," said Brock Long  the administrator of FEMA. As many families are still unable to return home, the support and donations you are contributing will provide relief.

Discussions continue with various officials in Houston, Austin, and Dallas regarding the larger evacuation shelters, but the ShelterBox teams are also assisting the needs of the smaller communities along the coast.

We ask all Rotarians to contribute either through their Rotary Clubs or individually by mailing your checks for any amount to  Len Nemeroff, NJ Ambassador at 9 Deacon Dr. Hamilton, NJ 08619.

NEWS AT 9/1/2017 - ShelterBox Response Teams are on the ground in Texas & finding out how to best assist displaced families following  Hurricane Harvey's catastrophic flooding.  They are currently working with FEMA and other NGOs throughout flooded Texas.

ShelterBox has arrived in the form of blankets, groundsheets, school kits, & solar lamps (luminaid), while a supply of hundreds of tents is expected today or Saturday morning.  These tents may be used as privacy tents in area shelters where large numbers of families are being housed.  This allows for medical treatments, child care & a host of other critical options.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long has stated "This ShelterBox mission is going to be a very heavy lift. Thank you for all you add to this effort."

As of 9/1, District 7510 Rotarians are responding. Besides your club, ask your friends, relatives, neighbors, business associates for a donation.  Remember, ShelterBox USA is a 501(c)(3) charity, 4 stars, and recommended by Charity Navigator.


Every year, hundreds of thousands of families across the world lose everything when disasters strike. Through no fault of their own, and often with no warning, families lose their homes, their possessions, and their livelihoods. Every day they are faced with a battle for survival. ShelterBox mission is to help them.

ShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment following disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict. 

The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. We recognized that little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. In response, ShelterBox developed a solution to help disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.   

What's in the Box?

Each Box supplies an extended family with a tent and life-saving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. 

The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. 

What Does it Cost?

The donation amount to sponsor each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor, you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the web site. 

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and a global network of volunteers. 

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for people who need it most following more than 180 disasters in over 80 countries. 
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