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 From DG Alan Stephens and Rowley Tompsett

7th October 2016

Here is the latest update on Hurricane Matthew

It is estimated that 350,000 need assistance and that 10,000 have been displaced following the landing of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The Haitian government has declared a state of emergency and requested international assistance.

A ShelterBox response team is preparing to fly to Haiti, where they will operate out of Port-au-Prince and begin assessments on what type of aid might be needed. The team will be made up of Andrew Clark (UK), Andre Bloemink (CA), Mike Peachey (NZ), Peter Leach (UK), Bill Woodard (US) Yi Shun Lai (US) Rebecca Swist (UK) Scott Robinson (US).

The logistics team is currently looking into aid options. We already have 77 shelter boxes and 369 AMG tents in storage with partner agency IOM in Haiti, and an additional 333 boxes in Curacao, stored with the Dutch Navy. Ninety nine of these boxes are already loaded on HMS Holland and are on their way to Haiti with the Dutch Navy, and a further 112 will be loaded onto a further Dutch Navy shipment that will head to Haiti shortly. We also have 1000 shelter kits pre-positioned in Panama, should we need to draw on them.

We’ll also keep monitoring the hurricane as continues to track north, along with its impacts in Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Why does ShelterBox need support?

  • Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries. Many families are incredibly vulnerable and live in shelters made of flimsy materials. Very few of these shelters will have been able to withstand the strongest storm in more than 50 years. While we don’t yet have a clear picture of the situation, we expect the devastation to be huge.
  • Torrential rains are causing flooding and landslides, which are likely to bring life-threatening illnesses like cholera.
  • We need to be able to send ShelterBox aid to Haiti quickly.
  • We already have stocks of aid in Haiti, as well as on the way. A ShelterBox response team is on their way, and once they are in the country, they will quickly be able to assess the situation and respond.
  • However, our stocks of aid won’t be enough. With each new report that comes out, the situation becomes more desperate.
  • We need people to donate to ShelterBox so that we can send more aid, along with more response teams to reach even the most remote communities to ensure that no family goes without shelter.

Best wishes


How can you help?

Your donation, no matter how small or large made through the Rotary Club of Noosa Heads will go toward sponsoring a box. Sponsoring a box costs $1,000, including delivery direct to those who need it. Individual donations made direct through our club are combined toward the purchase of a ShelterBox.

Every cent and every dollar goes to ShelterBox Australia. THERE ARE NO ADMINISTRATION COSTS, NO DEDUCTIONS.


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From: Rowley Tompsett


Good evening Governors

By now I’m sure you will all be aware of Hurricane Matthew and its impact on Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and potential impact in other areas of the Caribbean and continental USA.  Right now, a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is mobilizing a deployment to Haiti to conduct assessments to determine the appropriate level of response.


Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade has left thousands of people displaced in Haiti, with officials struggling to reach the worst hit areas.  Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries, and many residents live in flimsy housing in flood prone areas.

There have been a number of deaths in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which together comprise the island of Hispaniola.  Death tolls are expected to rise as the extent of damage emerges. In the port town of Les Cayes an estimated 70,000 people were affected by flooding, and many of the area’s fragile houses have lost roofs.

With advance warnings at least 10,000 people were evacuated to shelters, but the UN has since reported overcrowded hospitals and fresh water shortages, with fears of waterborne disease. An estimated four million children may have been exposed to hurricane damage.


ShelterBox already has aid stored in Haiti and large stocks of aid in Panama, ready to assist during the hurricane season. With airports closed, some of this aid has already been dispatched from Curacao aboard the Dutch Navy vessel HMNS Holland.  The aid includes water filtration equipment which will be vital given the flooding, solar lighting to assist during electricity blackouts, blankets, special shelter kits of tools and tarps to help weatherproof damaged buildings.

An SRT is heading out this week to assess damage and need. The team includes: Andre Bloemink (CA), Peter Leach (UK), Rachel Swist (UK), Mike Peachy (NZ),
Yi Shun Lai (US) and Bill Woodard (US).


ShelterBox has responded in Haiti previously after hurricanes in 2004, 2007 and 2012, as well as the devastating earthquake in 2010 which left 1.5 million homeless, injured around 300,000 people, and left over 230,000 dead.

ShelterBox responded immediately after the quake struck and provided more than 25% of all emergency shelter in Haiti. The deployment went on to be the biggest, longest and most complex in the history of the international disaster relief charity.