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Category 5 Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean. Now Hurricane Maria threatens a new wave of destruction.


After suffering the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean is once again being pummeled. The arrival of Category 5 Hurricane Maria makes this one of the most ferocious hurricane seasons ever recorded.

The main concern right now is the threat caused by debris. Wreckage caused by Irma could turn into a thousand missiles in the grip of Hurricane Maria.

Some islands – like Barbuda – have been evacuated entirely. Others are bracing themselves for the onslaught. Our teams have moved to higher ground to avoid the risk of storm surges, and have stored ShelterBox aid safely, so it arrives in perfect condition to the families who desperately need it.

We are currently coordinating the provision of aid across five countries, including Antigua and Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands.

We have a variety of aid in the Caribbean, so we can tailor our response to best support different communities. On some islands, there will be the natural resources available to quickly rebuild homes with the help of a ShelterKit. Elsewhere, our tents will be the best option – creating a warm, safe home while the long clean-up process takes place.

But it’s not just the Caribbean that has been affected by extreme weather. Torrential flooding in Nepal and Bangladesh has left communities in urgent need of aid. Our teams are on the ground in both countries now, but the need is overwhelming.

We’re impatient to respond – wherever we’re needed in the world – but we need your help.



The last few weeks have brought devastating flooding around the world. We’re working hard to manage the damage and bring back peace to people’s lives.

More than 1.7 million people have been affected in Nepal, while a third of Bangladesh is under water. Huge areas of India and Myanmar are also in need of support.

We have a ShelterBox Response Team on the ground, assessing the situation in Nepal. Another team is en route to Bangladesh right now. We are working hard with local authorities and Rotarians in both countries to understand how best we can help.

We have the connections and the expertise to reach people in need of shelter – but we can’t do it without your help.

Will you support us today to help our ShelterBox Response Team go further, to place the right tools in their hands?