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Where can I get tents for the quake victims in Kashmir?

In response to the devastating earthquake in Kashmir, we are looking to donate two truckloads of heavy-duty family-sized tents and sub-zero-rated sleeping bags. Could you suggest some reasonably priced gear that we can buy directly from the manufacturer? This is very urgent. Irfan Hornell, New York

A: Indeed, Irfan, this is an extremely urgent problem. By now it's been well documented that perhaps two million people are homeless in Kashmir, Pakistan, and India as a result of the devastating October 8 earthquake that killed over 40,000 people. And those homeless survivors now face a Himalayan winter without shelter.

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I made some calls on this matter, Irfan, and e-mailed you a contact who likely can help you secure tents and sleeping bags at a good price. What you need are family-sized tents with as much solid-wall material as possible—not tents with a lot of mesh. Good examples would be Eureka!'s Equinox 6 (sleeps six—$300; www.eurekacamping.com) or Coleman's Weathermaster 3-Room Tent (also sleeps six—$200; www.coleman.com).

Sleeping bags are going to get awfully expensive when it comes to supplying enough for large groups of people. Even the most inexpensive synthetic-fill sleeping bags are going to cost between $50 and $100 each (Coleman's North Rim bag, rated to zero degrees, is about the most reasonable at $55). Here I'd be inclined to purchase large quantities of good-quality fleece blankets, which can also cost around $50-$60 but are generally more flexible than sleeping bags and, to put a fine point on it, can cover more people at once. Do some Googling for "fleece blankets" and you'll find some good deals.

For other readers, you too can lend a hand by offering cash donations to one of several organizations active in Pakistan (and yes, I know we have plenty of problems in the U.S. with KatrinaRita victims, so try to help them as well). Check in with these websites:

  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: www.ifrc.org
  • United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF): www.unicef.org
  • Mercy Corps: www.mercycorps.org

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