Posted by Peter MUIR

There are no natural disasters, only natural hazards – a disaster happens when such hazards affect a community that is ill-prepared to cope with its impacts.  This was a key message delivered to Year 10 students by guest speaker Martin Roeth, from the organization ShelterBox. According to Martin, the most important step in disaster mitigation is to build a community’s capacity to deal with the impacts of a hazard, and to have this preparation done well in advance.

ShelterBox slides DC April 2013

Shelterbox prepares to support communities in response to natural hazards by preparing their ‘big green boxes of humanitarian aid’ ready for rapid delivery to an affected area.  ShelterBox responds instantly to earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones and conflicts by delivering their boxes to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families around the world who have been made homeless by these occurrences.

DC would like to set up a ShelterBox project group, and is inviting year 10 students to join.  Their aim will be to organise a ShelterBox awareness event before the end of this academic year.  For students who are interested in joining click here to sign up.