|Save the Children Ready to Assist Children and Families Displaced by Hurricane Sandy|
Organization Will Deploy Staff to Affected States along East Coast to Ensure Children’s Needs Are Being Addressed in this Crisis
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|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. 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. 29, 2012) — East Coast-bound Hurricane Sandy is only hours away from potentially wreaking havoc and disrupting many lives in the region. As the Eastern United States braces for possibly greater damage than that caused by last year’s Hurricane Irene, Save the Children’s emergency responders are on high alert to help children and families, particularly in areas at high-risk in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and coastal communities in other states.
Save the Children has led disaster preparedness and risk reduction programs throughout America in recent years, in order to minimize the devastating impact of storms like Hurricane Sandy on children. The organization has a history of responding in the areas that could be hardest hit by this storm and has helped provide kid-friendly relief supplies and other essential support.
“Children are always the most vulnerable in an emergency situation, so Save the Children makes sure there are safe places for children in evacuation centers,” said Jeanne-Aimée De Marrais, who led Save the Children’s recent response to Hurricane Isaac, during which the organization provided much-needed relief to families affected by the storm.
“We are ready to provide local shelters with our Child Friendly Space kits and the training they need to help children deal with this traumatic experience.”
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.
Said De Marrais: “Through our preparedness, response and recovery programs, we have put the unmet needs of children and their caregivers first.”
To support Save the Children’s relief efforts and donate to our Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergencies Fund, visit: www.savethechildren.org/sandy
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.
In the United States, Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 185,000 children last year alone. 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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