After suffering the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean was pummelled by Hurricane Maria. The arrival of these Category 5 hurricanes makes this one of the most ferocious hurricane seasons ever recorded.

In the months since the hurricanes hit we have delivered aid across six countries, tailoring our response to best support different communities.

Damage on the island of Barbuda following Hurricane Irma, 2017
Damage on the island of Barbuda following Hurricane Irma, 2017

In St Kitts and Nevis and the Dominican Republic we supported families to rebuild their homes with the help of a ShelterKit. Elsewhere in the British Virgin Islands, our tents were the best option – creating a warm safe home while the long clean-up process takes place.

We have recently returned from Dominica and Barbuda, where we helped families to return home and begin the rebuilding process. For families in Barbuda, this process has taken much longer than other areas as the island was almost completely destroyed after the storms.

ShelterBox provides shelter on the British Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 2017

Below image: A ShelterBox Tent at night on the island of Barbuda.
Photo by Mohammid Walbrook Photography 2017


ShelterBox Team in Barbados 2017
ShelterBox Response Team in Barbados


Charity Navigator lists ShelterBox USA as one of the highly-rated charities responding to Hurricane Irma.


One of the teams landed in Florida and distributed tents for medical usage in Miami-Dade, similar to the shelter-in-shelter solution provided in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. These tents allow for additional comfort and privacy and help preserve dignity for those displaced.

ShelterBox provides space for medical screening and privacy needs in Miami, FL


The IRMA/Hurricane Relief Fund is launched to provide support for all costs associated with ShelterBox’s response to Hurricane Irma and other 2017 hurricanes.

The Caribbean was badly battered. The prime minister of Barbuda sadly proclaimed the island was “rubble.” The mayor of the Haitian city of Fort Liberty described the storm as a “nuclear hurricane.”

We’ve supported communities in several of these places before, including Haiti after the massive earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew, which hit last year.

We also have a strong network of contacts, partners and Rotary connections in the region, to help us to identify communities in need of support.

ShelterBox on CNN

Air date September 8, 2017