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ShelterBox to help those displaced from Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

Local charity ShelterBox to help those displaced from Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - ShelterBox is in the process of determining how it can best help the tens of thousands of families displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

“We're conducting assessments, and we're determining the most effective and efficient way to help the situation,” said Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox. 

The nonprofit organization is working with the United Nations, and other relief groups to get its specialized products to those who need it the most.

“There's going to be a need to respond to help people recover, give them tools and essential aid needed to rebuild their lives. So there's going to be a lot of work in the coming weeks,” said Carrie Baptista, individual and special gifts officer of ShelterBox. 

ShelterBox has pre-stocked shelter kits ready to ship as soon as those decisions are made.

This week is still considered an active search and rescue phase in the Bahamas.

Many people see the scenes unfolding in the Bahamas, and want to send care packages right away.

ShelterBox workers have been through many disasters, and caution people not to send anything without a specific plan in place. 

Whether it's volunteer opportunities, or charitable donations, find a good organization that's doing good work in the region,” Murray said.

The phones at ShelterBox are ringing almost nonstop with people who want to help.

The organization knows it will be directly involved in the Bahamas' relief effort for a long time to come.

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