ShelterBox USA, a local organization that sends relief kits to disaster areas, traveled to Houston to help bring privacy to the thousands of people who have been displaced from their homes.
KSBY interviewed Kerri Murray, the president of ShelterBox USA and is a Santa Barbara resident, about the organization earlier this week.
We Skyped with Murray Saturday afternoon about the company’s work at the George R. Brown Convention Center – a temporary evacuation center.
ShelterBox USA was setting up “shelter-in-shelter” tents to help give privacy to various people who had special needs, were elderly or pregnant, had an addiction, a disability, or other needs that had to be met.
One of the recent tents they set up was a lactation station for nursing mothers. Another was for AA meetings, and HIV/AIDS testing.
“Right now, the needs are for people who have been displaced in evacuation centers and that’s why – what we’re trying to do is bring some privacy in this congregated area,” Murray told KSBY.
Earlier the volunteers visited Bear Creek, a small area outside of Houston that is currently under several feet of water.
Murray says they’re there to make sure there aren’t any “gaps” in areas that are vital to evacuees’ survival.