Thousands of Insect Shield bug repellent protection blankets and protective volunteer uniforms are being donated as stagnant waters become a breeding ground for disease-carrying insects in impacted communities.
GREENSBORO, NC & SEATTLE, WA – Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again last Wednesday, this time over eastern Texas and parts of western Louisiana, continuing its deluge of historic proportions. Since Friday, Harvey has flooded Houston and the surrounding area with nearly 52+ inches of rain in four days, a single-storm record for the contiguous U.S.
About 30 percent of Harris County, which includes Houston, is under water. This equates to 500+ miles. To put the vastness into proportion, this equates to an area more than twice the size of Chicago. According to CNN, the death toll has climbed to 39 (this number has gone up). Currently, thousands are in need of help, an estimated 30,000-40,000 homes have been destroyed by the flooding, and more than 10,000 have sought refuge in Houston’s convention center.
At this point the rains have subsided, however stagnant water is everywhere creating ripe conditions for mosquitoes to flourish. Insect Shield, an EPA-registered technology application for clothing and gear, has donated more than 1,500 Insect Shield Protection Blankets to its partner, World Vision, in an effort to help protect residents via the donation of Insect Shield protective blankets.
Insect Shield and World Vision have a longstanding collaboration in the fight against vector-borne illness across the globe through the World Vision Promise Pack and Gift Catalog programs. To date, the programs have placed thousands of Insect Shield Protection Blankets in the hands of those most at-risk for malaria, Dengue fever and other diseases throughout Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua.
Insect Shield blankets offer built-in, effective protection from mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas. The blankets are ideal for disaster response circumstances as they can be used by the entire family, including infants, children of any age and women who are pregnant or nursing. In addition to the repellent properties, the protection blankets double as ground and sleeping covers in temporary shelter locations.
“We are grateful to Insect Shield for its generous contribution toward World Vision’s humanitarian response following Hurricane Harvey,” said Reed Slattery, World Vision national gifts-in-kind director. “Support from our partners will go a long way toward enabling World Vision to reach the people of Texas affected by this disaster.”
All Hands Volunteers Partnership
In addition to the efforts in collaboration with World Vision, Insect Shield has also partnered with All Hands and Hearts (previously known as All Hands Volunteers) to help provide a much needed additional layer of protection for those working in the midst of insect-rich standing water. For more about All Hands and Hearts, visit www.handsandhearts.org
About Insect Shield Technology: Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps and approved for distribution in 46 countries.