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Preparing for disaster: South Coast non-profit that provides emergency shelter appeals for support

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ShelterBox
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The South Coast relief agency provides emergency supplies to people displaced by disasters and conflicts

An international relief agency based on the South Coast, which provides emergency supplies to displaced people, needs some help itself.

ShelterBox – which is headquartered in Santa Barbara – delivers emergency shelter aid to those who have lost their homes in disasters or conflict around the world.

ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray says that climate change is making life-threatening storms even more dangerous and is appealing for support.

"We are seeing at ShelterBox, first hand, how climate change is affecting the most vulnerable," Murray told KCLU.

She said that whether due to climate or crisis, when disaster strikes, every second counts for the families whose homes have been destroyed.

By prepositioning aid around the world in five strategically located warehouses, ShelterBox have been able to mobilize quickly to help families affected by disasters including the crisis in Ukraine, the earthquake in Haiti, and Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.

The organization need support to prepare for the next emergency by stocking warehouses with life-saving shelter and supplies, to reach more families in less time when disaster strikes, said Murray.

$50 can provide a water filter, $100 a shelter kit and $500 a family tent.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.