Jennifer Kaleba (O) 202.640.6613, (M) 202.258.8842
Washington, D.C., (August 26, 2011) — More than 16 million children in America live in the path of Hurricane Irene. As this serious storm bears down on the East Coast, Save the Children’s disaster readiness and response experts are standing by to deploy to affected states. With staff pre-positioned in the mid-Atlantic and New England, we are closely monitoring the situation, particularly for the potential impact of the storm on schools, child care facilities and other services on which families and children rely.
Save the Children has offered its support to the coastal states in the path of the storm, and is coordinating with our national partners FEMA and the Red Cross should they need assistance ensuring the needs of children are met.
This year, Save the Children responded to several U.S. natural disasters, most significantly in the aftermath of the Tuscaloosa tornadoes that ravaged Alabama in late April. Hurricane Irene is very powerful and the largest storm many regions have seen in decades. Save the Children urges East Coast residents to take the dangers this storm may pose seriously and prepare accordingly.
Prepare yourself in advance of an emergency. Read Save the Children’s Disaster Preparedness Tips for Parents. To help make it possible for Save the Children to respond quickly in times of disaster in America, please consider supporting our U.S. Emergencies Fund.
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