An Unprecedented Year

ShelterBox's humanitarian work in 2017 and beyond

2017 Infographic

A Detailed Look

ShelterBox Response Teams have been on the ground during one of our busiest years to date, hand-delivering emergency humanitarian aid.

Teams responded quickly throughout 2017, following Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean; to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh; to severe drought in Somaliland; to devastating flooding in Colombia, Paraguay and Peru; as well as our ongoing commitments in Syria (Read the overview of our Syria response), Iraq and the Lake Chad Basin in Africa.

The 2017 Year-In-Review provides a comprehensive overview about the impact of ShelterBox for thousands of families affected by the largest disaster events of 2017.

This interactive webpage weaves the scope of our work with stunning visuals to help illustrate the story.

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2017 Year in Review

Impacted by Disaster

ShelterBox USA offices were affected by hurricane and wildfire

For the first time in the history of the organization, both offices of ShelterBox USA were impacted by disaster.

Hurricane Irma – Florida

On September 10th, Hurricane Irma roared into Florida, weakening to a Category 2 as it passed over the Sarasota office. Fortunately, the staff had been safely evacuated and the office closed up in preparation. The region was very lucky to suffer from power loss and lots of downed debris and limited flooding or wind damage.

Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and caused widespread and catastrophic damage throughout its long lifetime. The storm reached winds of 185 mph, killed 134 people and caused and estimated $67 billion in damage.

Thomas Wildfire – California

More recently, the staff of the Santa Barbara office were evacuated due to the Thomas Wildfire that scorched much of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In late December, staff members returned to the area. Luckily, no staff lost their homes though extensive clean up was required throughout the area.

The blaze first broke out December 4th and was whipped up by a days-long windstorm that drove flames and forced mandatory evacuations. So far, the fire has burned approximately 281,893 acres, becoming the largest wildfire in modern California history, and costing at least $177.18 million to fight.

2017 Events

ShelterBox on the Nasdaq screen, Times Square


ShelterBox USA Rings the Bell

A man walks on a street covered in debris after hurricane Irma passed through the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot on September 8, 2017.


Hurricane Response

ShelterBox responds to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey


Hurricane Response

Evening to Experience ShelterBox


An Evening to Experience ShelterBox

2017 Media

ShelterBox USA headlines from 2017:

The Charities Making an Impact This Holiday Season
Departures Magazine

ShelterBox seeks to give shelter to homeless disaster victims
CNBC’s Squawk Box – Nov. 28

Hurricane Irma relief
CNN – Sept. 8

Not sure where to donate for Hurricane Harvey relief? Here are 40 (highly rated) places
USA Today

Shelterbox Providing Disaster Relief Around the World

Syrian Crisis – List of charities
Charity Navigator

How to help the Syrian victims: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations
Cool Mom Picks

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