Suffern Rotarian Larry Palant, Disaster Response Chair and ShelterBox Representative for Rotary District 7210, discusses how he came to be a ShelterBox Representative as a result of helping provide relief for Hurricane Katrina victims. He describes what each Box contains that help people survive disasters. Founded by Tom Henderson, a Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescue diver, ShelterBox has provided relief across the globe since 2000. Mr. Henderson realized that the most needed aid after most disasters was for food, medicine, and shelter. He developed ShelterBox, a package containing these necessities that would last for at least six months for up to ten persons per box. The boxes are prepacked and can be delivered immediately, usually with the help of Rotary clubs near the site of the disaster. Mr. Palant identifies the most recent locations supplied with ShelterBoxes at the time of his interview–Japan after a tsunami, Arkansas after a tornado, and Columbia after mudslide
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