Friday 24 May 2013
ShelterBox delivers SpareOne emergency mobile phones to Oklahoma tornado survivors
ShelterBox response team member, Wayne Robinson delivers and demonstrates SpareOne emergency cell phones to Rotary District 5770 Governor, Phil Moss, Dr. Wes Hall and Hillsdale College President and Rotarian, Tim Eaton.
SpareOne and international humanitarian relief charity, ShelterBox have partnered to provide emergency mobile phones immediately to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado.
ShelterBox response team members, Wayne Robinson and Jeff Deatherage have been working in Moore, Okla. to identify the most vulnerable families, as well as unmet needs for shelter and other non-food items.
Destruction left by the tornado, which hit Oklahoma City on May 20
Witnessing so many people without power, displaced from homes and little possessions left, SpareOne immediately expedited a large number of cell phones, which are being distributed by ShelterBox in partnership with local Rotary clubs, to those in need of a line of communication.
“The SpareOne phones distributed will allow survivors to have quick access to emergency services and keep in touch with their loved ones at a very difficult time in their lives,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA president.
SpareOne is an emergency mobile phone powered by a single AA battery.
“It provides up to 10 hours of talk time, and in situations of prolonged power outages, is ideal because you simply replace one little battery and are all ‘charged up’ and more importantly, connected,” said Alan Cymberknoh, SpareOne’s project director.
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SpareOne is offering a special promotion for those who’d like to stock their personal emergency kits. One SpareOne phone will be donated per each phone purchased. Use shopping code BUYGIVE13 at www.spareone.com.
Since SpareOne’s creation, it has been the company’s goal and mission to be able to provide SpareOne phones to survivors of a natural disaster, and to educate the world that such a crucial, potentially lifesaving device is available and a must have for emergency kits. SpareOne is committed to helping Moore, Okla. stay connected because the power of communication is so critical.
Since 2000, international humanitarian relief charity, ShelterBox, has provided shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors of more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid and other supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA, is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla.