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Monday 19 November 2012

ShelterBox continues to deliver aid and monitor need following Hurricane Sandy
ShelterBox continues to deliver aid and monitor need following Hurricane Sandy

Homes are flooded after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey coastline in this U.S. Coast Guard handout photo in Tuckerton, New Jersey, October 30, 2012. In the storm's wake, Obama issued federal emergency decrees for New York and New Jersey, declaring that "major disasters" existed in both states. Photo by: REUTERS/U.S.Coast Guard/Handout

Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The storm’s high winds, heavy precipitation and flash flooding have impacted thousands of families in the United States and Caribbean.

Over the last few weeks, ShelterBox Response Teams have deployed to the US Northeast, as well as to Haiti and Cuba. 

Following Sandy, the US northeast was subsequently hit by Nor'easter Athena. The SRTs have been working with partners and other agencies in New York and New Jersey to ensure vulnerable families have adequate temporary shelter and other emergency supplies.
   
Ensuring families are protected from cold weather is a priority and the SRT have distributed more than 1,000 warm blankets to those in most need in New York. A team is distributing additional blankets and other supplies in Monmouth, New Jersey where as many as 600 families are still displaced. 
 
We will continue to distribute blankets and work to identify other unmet non-food items in the area.

In Haiti, the team has been liaising with several partner agencies, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Handicap International, to identify where there is the greatest need for ShelterBoxes.

Hurricane Sandy and the recent flooding have also resulted in a new cholera outbreak and food insecurity, with an estimated 1.5 million people affected by food shortages after the disaster destroyed crops.

If ShelterBoxes are identified as an appropriate form of aid, the team will work with ShelterBox partners to begin distributions with aid already prepositioned in the country.

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