WHO: International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, continues to deliver aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the badly affected areas of Cebu, Leyte and the Bantayan islands.
The charity has provided humanitarian assistance following more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and other disasters or conflict by delivering emergency shelter and other humanitarian supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filter, among other tools for survival.
WHAT: In response to the 300 mille-wide Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines on Nov. 8, highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team volunteers continue to provide aid to families in the worst hit areas of Cebu, Leyte and the Bantayan islands.
Though response team members experienced difficulty in clearing aid through Cebu City airport, a small batch of ShelterBoxes and tents has been released and the team continues to work with airport authorities to facilitate the release of remaining supplies.
The team is also working to identify families from Tacolban that have been transported to Cebu with a desperate need for shelter upon arrival.
Another team is en route to the country to assist in the distribution of aid; the team is expected to arrive on Tuesday night local time.
MORE ON SHELTERBOX’S RESPONSE:
- So far, ShelterBox has committed sufficient aid for 4,000 families in the Philippines and volunteer response teams to distribute aid for at least three months
- Hundreds of boxes of aid and additional tents have been airlifted to families in Cebu, with hundreds more en route
- Distributions are already taking place with more aid and responders en route
- For the latest information, visit www.shelterboxusa.org/typhoon
Media Opportunity: ShelterBox responders are available for interviews. B-roll footage of box contents and images of the impacted disaster zone are available upon request. Additional resources are available at www.shelterboxusa.org/newsroom.
Donations: Tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made online at www.shelterboxusa.org; by mail to 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202; by texting SHELTER to 20222 to make a $10 donation; or by calling (941) 907-6036.