- Posted May 31, 2012 by
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Hurricane season 2012
ShelterBox urges American families to prepare for hurricane season
ShelterBox USA, which responds to disasters such as hurricane, earthquake, flood, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid to help families rebuild their lives, is urging Americans to create their own survival kits.
Each ShelterBox, which is hand-delivered worldwide by highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteers, is packed based on the needs of disaster survivors but typically includes a family tent, water purification system, water carriers, cookware, tool kit, blankets and other essential supplies.
“At ShelterBox USA, we focus on providing assistance to those who need it most following disasters and prepare by prepositioning aid all around the world,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA.
“But as individuals, we can all take steps to prepare for the unexpected disaster that can impact our own families.”
While the charity does not sell its ShelterBox kits, it accepts donations to deliver them to the most vulnerable families made homeless by a disaster.
For inspiration on creating your own kit, see what items are included in a ShelterBox at www.shelterboxusa.org/kit.
Sperling added, “We hope the items in a ShelterBox inspire others to create their own kits, tailored to the needs of their families.”
Other information on preparing for a disaster can also be found by visiting FEMA at www.fema.gov.
ShelterBox is currently monitoring the earthquake that struck Italy on May 29 and stands ready to respond. Other updates can be found at