Wendy Christian 203.221.3767
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WESTPORT, Conn. (Feb. 2, 2011) — Save the Children has put its emergency team on standby as well as pre-positioned “Child Friendly Space” teams and equipment in Queensland as communities in far-north Queensland prepare for the devastating impact of Cyclone Yasi, which is expected to make landfall late this evening.
Save the Children’s Child-Friendly-Spaces Program is a critical component in providing support to children and families in evacuation centres and other temporary locations following a disaster.
Save the Children’s Director of Emergency Response Mike Penrose explains, “A Child-Friendly Space is a special area where children can play, socialize, and begin to recover during emergencies. Child Friendly Spaces protect children from harm and provide them with a sense of normality and community when their lives are disrupted by disasters. At the same time, Child-Friendly Spaces enable parents to have time to register for emergency assistance and start to re-establish their lives.”
With over 90 years of experience in emergency response, including the 2010 Pakistan floods, Save the Children Australia is planning a response to Cyclone Yasi through support to Australian Red Cross and the State Evacuation Centres.
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