It is well documented that after Hurricane Maria warehouses near the ports of Puerto Rico remained full of diapers, bottled water, clothes and canned goods, with no easy way for those items to reach individuals in need. After all, in the middle of a disaster, who is going to unpack and sort those assorted goods and ensure they are delivered, in a timely manner, to towns without electricity, phone service or paved roads? The sad fact is that after a disaster receiving countries and aid organizations are left to pay out of pocket to store, or dispose of, unneeded or unused donated items. This is often referred to as the second disaster.
So why do people still donate hard goods when cash is so much more efficient?
Most donors cite the impersonal feel of cash along with a concern that their money might be syphoned off before it reaches those most in need.
Finally, a solution! ShelterBox ships shelter boxes containing a tent, thermal blankets, water purification system and other supplies for a family to survive after a natural or manmade disaster and the organization has found a way for donors to track each ShelterBox they sponsor. Every box comes with a unique identifier that can be tracked from end to end.
Headlines today consist of back-to-back hurricanes in the U.S., a tsunami in Indonesia, Japanese mudslides, and super typhoon Mangkhut in Guam and the Philippines. Won’t you join Rodman & Associates in helping?