When we hear about emergency efforts from ShelterBox, it usually involves foreign nations. However, sometimes the help is needed closer to home.
Here is a statement from the ShelterBox organization issued Friday as it was poised to render any aid needed as a result of Hurricane Harvey:
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“Hurricane Harvey, now a Category 2 hurricane, is heading for the Texas coast and is expected to make landfall late today or early Saturday. Harvey, described as a life-threatening storm, has the potential to bring up to 20 inches of rainfall, storm surges up to four feet, and 100 mph winds in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
“The storm has the potential to cause catastrophic flooding that could result in structural damage to buildings and complete destruction to mobile homes.
“ShelterBox USA has been in continuous contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to discuss potential shelter options for displaced people and repair options for damaged homes, including the provision of ShelterBox Tents and ShelterKits, to help families displaced by flooding or storm surge.
“ShelterBox Operations will continue to monitor the storm and activate an immediate response if needed. The ShelterBox USA-based Response Team members, several of whom live in Texas, are standing by to assist in the delivery of aid to impacted areas.
“This week marks the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. That storm devastated communities all along the coasts of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi with hurricane-force winds and a storm surge that sent walls of water several miles inland. It was estimated that 80% of New Orleans was completely flooded.
“Aid from ShelterBox was the first help to reach many survivors of the disaster. Response Team volunteers worked with local Rotarians, government officials and partner agencies to distribute tents to thousands of people who had seen their homes and possessions destroyed.”