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Hundreds of Tarps Sent as part of Emergency Response to Southern Peru Earthquake

27th Jan 2018

Hundreds of Tarps Sent as part of Emergency Response to Southern Peru Earthquake

Humanitarian Aid to Arequipa, Peru

C-27J Spartan airplanes carry humanitarian aid to Arequipa, Peru. (Photo: Peruvian Ministry of Defense)


Tarp Usage in Disaster Zones:

  1. Roof repairs
  2. Complete emergency shelters: They've saved countless lives by shielding people from the rain, wind, cold, sun - and by being used to compartmentalise and segragate to prevent the spread of disease
  3. Fences and flooring
  4. Used to dry rice
  5. Building latrines
  6. Formed in to bags, blankets, and even trousers and umbrellas

Incredibly versatile, cheap, light and waterproof - a tarp is an essential part of any disaster relief kit. They are used to provide emergency temporary shelters to millions, but as you can see above - they've also been put to many other inventive uses as well.


A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Southern Peru region of Arequipa on Jan 14th, and a huge emergency response and humanitarian aid operation is under way.

As always Tarpaulins have been an essential item in the emergency response, with hundreds being sent - as well as beds, mattresses and 4000 emergency food rations. The quake has affected people’s homes, roads and other infrastructure, with rockslides being a major problem. A field hospital has been set up, staffed by 10 doctors, and around 1000 military personnel have been deployed to assist operations. Initial estimates say that at least 780 families have been affected, with 168 of those severely so.

Emergency relief and rescue efforts are ongoing.

More info: Peru Mobilizes Air Command after Arequipa Earthquake.