Sedona AZ (August 28, 2012) – Disaster relief was the topic at Sedona Arizona Rotary Clubs in early August 2012 when two Sedona clubs hosted Andrea Shields, a Rotary ShelterBox Ambassador volunteer and spokesperson for the Rotary targeted disaster relief organization. Since 1999, when a United Kingdom Rotarian started the program, thousands of green ShelterBoxes have been distributed to natural disasters around the world.
Shields explained that one prepacked ShelterBox provides a durable tent for an extended family of up to ten people and life-saving tools, such as water purification supplies, blankets, a cook stove and mosquito nets. The contents can be modified depending on the nature and location of the disaster.
Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams can be deployed from around the world to rapidly distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local Rotary clubs worldwide.
Shields further explained that “…we can’t eradicate natural or manmade disasters, but we can only be prepared to respond to them. In many cases, our boxes make the difference between life and death.”
The cost of one ShelterBox is $1,000. Visit ShelterBoxUSA.org for complete information on this lifesaving aid in times of disaster, and to see how you can be of help.
The Rotary Club of Sedona meets every Tuesday noon at the Barking Frog Grille, SR 89A in west Sedona, Arizona. The club’s mission is to enhance community through service, teamwork and friendship. Rotarians, local and visiting, and individuals interested in membership are welcome to attend.