ShelterBox is currently working in the Philippines following what meteorologists are calling the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. 

With winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines Nov. 7, is reported to be the largest storm ever recorded, surpassing Hurricane Camille in 1969. 

Several thousand people are feared dead and thousands more left homeless. 

ShelterBox currently has teams working in the country, responding to both the typhoon and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. The teams are focusing efforts in three of the badly affected regions, including Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol.

To learn more about how you and your club can help, please click ShelterBox in the Philippines.  There is a DONATE NOW button right on the page which will accept credit card donations.


ShelterBox's mission is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters worldwide. ShelterBox was founded in 2001 by a British Rotarian, and now has affiliates around the world. ShelterBox is the world's largest Rotary club project; the American affiliate, ShelterBox USA, is project of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Florida. 


For more information, contact ShelterBox Ambassador Judy Hutcherson (Rotary Club of Fredericksburg Morning) at or (830) 456-7323.



 Above: Contents of a typical ShelterBox. Contents can be customized to meet specific needs of the area where disasters take place, such as cold-weather equipment or mosquito nets, for example.

More on ShelterBox's response:

  • So far, ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the Philippines
  • Supplies previously positioned at Clark Air Base on Luzon have all been deployed
  • Additional aid positioned in neighboring countries are en route to impacted areas
  • 504 ShelterBox tents have now arrived in Manila, Philippines.
  • 224 ShelterBoxes and 576 ShelterBox tents are currently en route to Cebu
  • Nine response team members are on the ground with more members on the way
  • An extra 200 ShelterBoxes were packed by warehouse volunteers at ShelterBox HQ

Our vision
 is of a world in which basic emergency needs for survivors of disasters are rapidly met. 

Our goal is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year.