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Biggest storm in history hits the Philippines - ShelterBox


By Stella Almond - Posted on 13 November 2013

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Typhoon Haiyan has caused unimaginable devastation and suffering in the Philippines. With winds of 195mph, the typhoon is the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall and current reports indicate that upwards of 10,000 people may have lost their lives. It has been reported that at least 630,000 people have been displaced and are in desperate need of emergency shelter, food and clean drinking water.

ShelterBox is already responding and I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed with our response efforts so far, so that you can share this information with the clubs in your district.How is ShelterBox responding?

A ShelterBox Response Team was already in the Philippines when the typhoon struck, helping following last month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged 34,000 homes. The team are now busy helping local people cope with the aftermath of not only an earthquake but now one of the most powerful storms on record.

A further two ShelterBox Response Teams are en route to the Philippines to assist with coordinating our response in-country. ShelterBox’s response will focus in three of the badly affected regions – Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol. Reports are coming in of 80-90% damage of some towns in these provincesFollowing last month’s earthquake and Friday’s typhoon, all ShelterBox aid pre-positioned in the Philippines has now been despatched, en route to the disaster areas. The ShelterBox Operations Team have been working around the clock to plan the logistics of getting other pre-positioned stock in places like Dubai and Melbourne to the stricken country. Further ShelterBoxes will also be packed at ShelterBox HQ over the coming days.

Earlier today, Response Team Volunteer, Mark Curnow, who has just arrived in the region, said, “In all my years as a Response Team volunteer I have never seen devastation like this. The loss of life, the total destruction and the desperation of the survivors – I find it difficult to find the words to describe to you what I’m seeing.”How can Rotary help us?

ShelterBox has now launched a dedicated Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal to raise funds to help us provide emergency shelter and the essential aid these families desperately need to survive. Rotary clubs can help ShelterBox by spreading the word of our work and of our appeal, encouraging support from far and wide in any of the following ways:

· Make a donation!

People can donate to the appeal in the following ways:

· Online: www.shelterbox.org (we also have a dedicated appeal web page:http://www.shelterbox.org/typhoon_haiyan.php)

· By phone: Donation hotline 0300 0300 500 0300 0300 500 FREE

· By post: ShelterBox Typhoon Appeal, ShelterBox, Unit 1, Water-ma-Trout, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0LW (cheques to be made payable to ShelterBox)

· By text: Please text RELIEF to 70500 and donate £5

to help ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and lifesaving aid to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. (100% of your text donation will come to ShelterBox. Texts cost your donation plus one standard network rate message. Please always get the bill payers permission.)

Donations to this appeal will be used to fund our response to Typhoon Haiyan. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than we can reasonably and efficiently spend on our response to this disaster, please rest assured donations will help us to prepare for and respond to other disasters around the world.

· Spread the word!

Follow @ShelterBox on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ShelterBox Please re-tweet and repost the latest updates to your followers.

· Fundraise!

As always if you would like to fundraise for ShelterBox then please contact fundraising@shelterbox.org for advice and support

· Keep up to date!

Please keep checking www.shelterbox.org for updates on the appeal and ShelterBox’s response to Typhoon Haiyan

Thank you in advance for your continued support. We will keep you updated of developments as our response progresses. With the support of Rotary, together we can spread the word and raise vital funds to help us provide emergency shelter and the essential aid these families need to survive and start rebuilding their lives.

Thank you, 

David Glover

Rotary Relations Manager

ShelterBox UK & Ireland

A Rotary International Project Partner

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