Save the Children Preparing to Respond to Families Affected by Tropical Storm Karen

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WESTPORT, Conn. (Oct. 5, 2013) — As Tropical Storm Karen batters the Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rains and flooding, Save the Children’s emergency responders are ready to meet the needs of children and families affected by the storm.

Save the Children has led disaster preparedness and risk reduction programs throughout America in recent years, in order to minimize the devastating impact natural disasters can have on children. The organization has a history of emergency response work in the areas that could be hardest hit by this storm and has helped provide kid-friendly relief supplies and other essential support.

“Save the Children ensures that there are safe places for children in evacuation centers, because we know that in emergency situations like this they are most vulnerable,” said Jeanne-Aimée De Marrais, who has led Save the Children’s responses to Superstorm Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes. “We are ready to provide Child-Friendly Space programs and kits, and other critical support programs like child care recovery to help children deal with the aftermath of the storm.”

Save the Children is urging families in potentially affected areas to keep their children’s needs in mind when preparing for the storm. In addition to basic survival items such as water, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio, families with children need to include kid-friendly supplies in their emergency kits. Based upon Save the Children's years of domestic and international experience of coming to the aid of children in emergencies, these tips can be used as a guide for parents to support their loved ones in the event of a crisis. For more information on how to protect kids during emergencies, visit our Get Ready. Get Safe. website.

Save the Children Disaster Checklist for Families

  • Comfort Items: stuffed animal, doll, pacifier or blanket
  • Personal Hygiene: baby wipes, feminine products, diapers, nursing pads
  • Children’s Activities: books, puzzles, games
  • Infant Nutrition: nursing supplies, formula, pre-packaged baby food
  • Medical needs: infant/child fever reducer, rash ointment
  • Family meet-up: Pick a safe spot to meet if separated such as a local school or library
  • Out-of-towner: A family contact who would not be affected by a local disaster
  • ICE: Cell phones should have "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) programmed into their contacts
  • Text: Text messages can often get through, even when a phone call can’t
  • Contact school or day care: Ensure they know what your child is supposed to do in case of an emergency
  • Identification: Write down your child’s name and your contact information on a notecard and keep it with your child

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