Can you imagine your home being severely damaged due to a large-scale natural disaster or civil war? An event like that might make it impossible to rebuild for many months or years. That's why it's a good idea to have a tent of your own, or some alternative form of shelter that's easy to transport in case of emergencies. Providing temporary shelter for your family will give you freedom that those who are not prepared, and who must rely on others, will not enjoy.
For the past four years, Syria has been in a civil war that has forced 11 million people to flee their homes. About 7.6 million Syrians have been internally displaced within the country and 4 million have fled Syria for other countries.
In April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, followed by several aftershocks, including a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. Almost 9,000 lives were lost and entire villages were destroyed in seconds. During the first few weeks, food, water, tarps, tents and hygiene kits were delivered to thousands of villagers but their situation remains serious. Aid workers have said that it will take years to rebuild and tens of thousands of people are still without shelter.
Natural disasters happen every day. Thousands of people are displaced because of war and economic turmoil. Most people affected by these events live in temporary shelters, such as tents. Tents are often limited in an emergency, but are necessary for sleeping, food preparation, personal hygiene, protection from the elements, and privacy. For the stake order this month, we're offering emergency sanitation supplies and easy to carry light-weight tents. But it's a great idea to also have a tent that can shelter your family for a longer period of time.
Click here for a great list of durable, longer-term tents. For more information on the smaller emergency/backpacking tents available through the stake order, click here.