Save the Children Prepared to Respond to Children's Needs as Hurricane Sandy Threatens U.S.

Save the Children Prepared to Respond to Children's Needs as Hurricane Sandy Threatens U.S.

Organization's Emergency Response Teams are Monitoring Storm's Progression toward East Coast.

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Hurricane Sandy
When Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast in August 2012, Save the Children was on the ground ready to assist families and children, like these two girls displaced from their home in Louisiana. As part of the immediate response, 13 shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi implemented Child Friendly Spaces, Save the Children's signature program, serving 1,300 children. In Isaac's aftermath, Save the Children provided families the things they needed most through distributions of 780,600 diapers, 264,000 baby wipes and 2,160 infant/toddler hygiene kits benefitting more than 46,000 children in the region.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 25, 2012) — Hurricane Sandy could make landfall in the United States. Save the Children's emergency response experts are closely monitoring the potentially devastating storm and stand ready to respond to the unmet needs of children. Save the Children recently provided much needed relief to families affected by Hurricane Isaac.

When it comes to protecting our children during disasters, preparedness is key. In 2009, Save the Children donated 100 Child-Friendly Space kits to New York City's Office of Emergency Management through our partnership with the agency. When Hurricane Irene struck two years later, these kits were used to create child-friendly environments in 82 hurricane shelters housing 1,708 children.

You can help Save the Children be prepared, and contribute to our efforts to support your neighbors in need during their darkest hours. When disaster strikes, it is not always immediately clear where and how much help will be needed. But we do know, no matter what, disasters will continue to strike American communities — and, no matter what, we will be ready to help.

We need your support to help us prepare. By contributing to the U.S. Emergencies Fund, you enable us to serve children through disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery work. Your gift will enable us to serve children and families through:

  • Disaster relief plans
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Response efforts
  • Psychosocial support
  • Recovery work
  • Other needed programs

To support Save the Children's relief efforts across America, donate to Save the Children's U.S. Emergencies Fund.

About Save the Children

Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need — access to quality education, healthy foods, and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground, ensuring the needs of children are being met. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in more than 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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