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Supplies and Logistics


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PAKISTAN – Two children share a blanket in a camp that has been set up for earthquake survivors.

The Copenhagen warehouse stocks a number of items that can be shipped within 48 hours to provide basic shelter for children and their families in different emergency situations.

UNICEF has traditionally provided much-needed shelter material during emergencies, not only for the affected population and their counterparts but also for other partners such as NGOs in the field and donors.

Tarpaulin or plastic sheeting

Tarpaulin or plastic sheeting, along with ropes, provide basic protection to children and their families. They can also be used for latrines and other structures or, in colder climates, as flooring or liners for tents. Tarpaulin is available in 4 x 50 metre-rolls, which can provide basic shelter for 10 families, or in single 4 x 5 metre sheets, enough for one family.


UNICEF provides emergency wool-blend blankets (150 x 200 cm) adapted to the local climate, and cotton baby blankets (90 x 130 cm).

Cooking sets

In emergencies, UNICEF provides cooking sets for the most vulnerable families, containing 2 cooking pots, 4 bowls, 4 cups and a coffee/tea pot.


Although the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has the primary responsibility for large-scale provision of family tents in most major emergencies, UNICEF provides tents for shelter in both 24m2 and 72m2 sizes. The 24 square metre tent can be used for family and staff accommodation, while the 72 square metre tent can be used for temporary clinics and classrooms in support of UNICEF's efforts in the areas of education and health.



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