Dec 06, 2017
Bill Tobin
Shelter Box

ShelterBox responds to Hurricane Harvey.
Assessment underway as Response Team is activated.
Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again, this time as a Category 3 hurricane.
Harvey brought sustained rain to some of Texas’ most populated areas. At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has seen widespread destruction and devastation. The downpour has been torrential and relentless. Roads in Houston and elsewhere have been turned into raging rivers. By the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain.
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. Another possible need is the delivery of privacy tents to area shelters where large numbers of families are being housed, allowing for medical treatment, childcare, and a host of other critical options.
“ShelterBox is looking at how best to assist in sheltering families during this enormous disaster in Texas. With the deployment of our Response Team to assess the most vulnerable communities, we remain committed to helping displaced families in their darkest hours.”~ ShelterBox USA President, Kerri Murray