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Wednesday 02 December 2009

New life for a ShelterBox after disaster deployment
New life for a ShelterBox after disaster deployment

This ShelterBox in Grand Turk takes on a new lease of life after being used to provide emergency aid for a family who lost there home in Hurricane Ike 

ShelterBoxes are fast becoming iconic around the globe. They’re big, they’re green and they contain essential life-saving equipment that help a family of up to ten people survive immediately after a disaster.

The ShelterBox itself also becomes an incredible useful piece of equipment. ShelterBoxes have been used for everything from storing water to being a crib for a new born baby.


A ShelterBox used as a crib in Kenya for baby Favour

ShelterBox Response Team member Traci Oliver (US) recently discovered a ShelterBox being used in a way not seen before.

Her parents were on a cruise that docked for a short time on Grand Turk Island in the Caribbean. In October 2008, ShelterBox sent emergency aid to Grand Turk after Tropical Storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike hit the islands, causing widespread devastation.

200 boxes were despatched to Grand Turk and the island of Salt Cay; the two worst affected islands.

New life 

It is here where one of the ShelterBoxes has started a new life on the streets of Cockburn Town, the capital of Turks and Caicos Islands.

Traci’s parents said: ‘As we went ashore, to our surprise, there is a brand new dock and set of brand new stores and eating establishments. 

‘This had all been rebuilt after the hurricane in 2008. On our travels into Cockburn Town we saw one of Traci’s ShelterBoxes is still in use. But the use has now changed, it’s now being used to store trinkets to sell to tourists!’

‘It's great to see that the ShelterBox can be useful in a variety of situations, not only has it done its original job of helping a family recover and get back on their feet after the disaster on Grand Turk Island, but they are now using it to store stock for their family trinket business,’ said ShelterBox’s General Manager, Lasse Petersen.

Have you seen any ShelterBoxes taking on new leases of life around the world? If you have, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us your story and e-mail  

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