Students gain insight into disaster management

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Students at Sheffield Hallam University have been given a unique insight into how a UK charity responds to some of the world’s biggest catastrophes.

ShelterBox deploys green aid boxes and custom-made tents to protect people against extreme temperatures, UV sunlight, high winds and heavy rain.

Since it was founded in 2000 the charity has helped more than a miilion people, including victims of the 2004 tsunami and the 2013 Phillipines hurricane.

Director of operations John Leach has created a case study on their work with lecturer Jamie Rundle for business students at Hallam.

John gave a lecture to students about the activities and challenges faced by the charity in relation to its operations around the world.

“It’s great learning for us to work with the university in this way as it allows us to reflect on what we’ve done,” he said.

“We’ve had some really good feedback but it also gives us the opportunity to discuss ideas on how we can improve in the future.

“All the disasters that we have attended have all been different and challenging and we have to be ready to make a rapid assessment, often within minutes, of what aid is going to be needed when we get the news.”