Mark Dyer of Elmhurst is a response team member volunteer with the non-profit organization ShelterBox, which is headquartered in the U.K.
On Tuesday, he boarded a plane to Japan where he will relieve some of his team members.
Dyer says 24 hours after the earthquake and tsunami, ShelterBox sent emergency shelters that contain a tent, a stove, a water purification system and enough supplies to last 10 people six months.
"It is chaotic. It is always chaotic. You see people that have lost everything they own and all the possessions and trying to survive and we are there to try and help the people get a stable place to live while they rebuild their life," Dyer said.
ShelterBox has been around more than 10 years. Last year, the organization sent more than 28,000 shelter boxes to Haiti.