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Shelterbox Joins Government Disaster Response Network

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:04pm 11th March 2012.

The government asks a Cornish charity to join its Rapid Disaster Response Network.

Helston-based Shelterbox will be part of a team ministers call on, to help deal with everything from famine to floods.

It has worked in seventy-five countries over ten years.

Founder Tom Henderson: "That recovery process can take many years. Everything's gone, the infrastructure's gone and you've seen whole communities have disappeared, and our role there is to help in those initial stages, work with the people and do the best we can in their greatest hour of need.

Tom says flood in Pakistan have been one of the most challenging environments to work in: "We've worked in seventy-five countries in ten years, including the Asian tsunami of two thousand and four to five, Haiti of course, and the devastation we've seen is on a par with that and over a wide area, just total devastation and probably the worst we've ever seen."

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