Organization Mobilizes Efforts to Assess Children’s Needs and Provide Support in The Wake of the Tornado Devastation
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2013) — Save the Children's U.S. emergency response team is mobilizing staff and essential supplies to provide support, relief and recovery services to communities and families in Oklahoma.
"We know from experience that children are always the most vulnerable during emergencies," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "Children and families in and around Moore, Okla., have experienced destruction and loss and need our support to help them recover."
As a national leader in child-focused disaster response and recovery programs, Save the Children is prepared to quickly deploy our Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, creating safe play areas where kids can be kids again. We are also ready to deploy infant and toddler hygiene materials to support young children's well-being while they are displaced from their homes.
Save the Children's disaster-tested programs have served thousands of children in major U.S. emergencies, including hurricane Katrina and the tornado outbreaks in 2011 that devastated areas of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo.
Save the Children has led and supported child-focused community resilience building programs in Oklahoma over the last five years. We will seek, not only to support the immediate needs of children in the tornado-affected communities, but also to partner with communities to strengthen their ability to protect children and help them recover when a disaster strikes.
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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.
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