Katherine Fick '02 Joins ShelterBox International Disaster Response Team

From a ShelterBox press release:

Katherine Fick, a Boston-based attorney and resident of Boston, Mass., has been selected as a member of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT), a group of highly-trained volunteers who deliver aid to survivors of natural and other disasters around the world with international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox.

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency tented shelter and other supplies, such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems, among other tools to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.

Fick and 14 other candidates from the United States, England, Germany and New Zealand, successfully completed the nine-day selection and training course recently held by the ShelterBox International Academy of Disaster Relief near the organization’s global headquarters in Cornwall, England.

The course included a combination of classroom modules and field simulations, testing the knowledge and skills of the candidates and preparing them for deployment. The course is both mentally and physically challenging to create an environment where candidates can be evaluated under similar situations they may encounter while delivering aid in the immediate aftermath of disaster.

Being an in-house attorney for IBM allows Fick to work with colleagues and customers around the world.

“A senior colleague and I were able to establish ShelterBox’s relationship with IBM in 2011,” said Fick, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

“Since that time, it has been fantastic to work with ShelterBox while spreading the word about the organization to colleagues and friends. Becoming a ShelterBox Response Team member appeals to my interest in providing direct assistance to those in need.”