ShelterBox aid is expected to arrive at Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on 24 August as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Caribbean island.
Tropical Storm Isaac is travelling fast across the Caribbean having hurtled over the smaller islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica, forcing some flights to be cancelled and some businesses to close, but not causing any damage.
With it now strengthening and heading towards the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that it will become a hurricane.
‘Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,’ the NHC advised.
A hurricane warning has been issued for Haiti as Isaac draws closer, bringing with it an estimated 51 centimetres (20 inches) of rain and strong winds.
With Haiti still recovering from the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010, Isaac is a real threat, especially as an estimated 400,000 Haitians are still living in makeshift shelters and tents.
‘These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,’ warned the NHC.
Tom Lay is one of many Response Team members who helped deliver aid to the 2010 quake survivors and is one of ShelterBox’s Operations Coordinators monitoring the situation:
‘The boxes have been sent as contingency stocks for the Haitian people for when situations like this happen.
‘Coordinating with partners’
‘We are currently coordinating our response with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), one of our partners who has a strong presence in Haiti and who we have continued to work with since the earthquake hit.
‘If the hurricane strikes as predicted, we have Response Teams lined up to be sent in immediately to assess the need if required.’
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