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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 25, 2017)— As Hurricane Harvey continues to intensify into a life-threatening storm, bringing heavy rain and strengthening 110 mile per hour winds towards the Texas coastline, Save the Children is assembling a team in Texas to help families forced to evacuate to shelters.
Save the Children is offering assistance to Texas state officials, and is working with the Red Cross and local partners to establish Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters in areas that will be disrupted by the storm.
Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces are safe, designated areas where children can play, socialize and begin to recover after a disaster. They are run by trained staff members and give parents a supportive place to leave their children while attending to their family’s immediate and longer-term needs.
"Children are always among the most vulnerable when crisis strikes. Offering them a safe place during times of disruption and uncertainty allows them to have much-needed fun again, while building their resiliency," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s President & CEO. "Our thoughts and hearts go out to the people along the Texas coastline. We hope these families are able to return to their homes soon, but while families are evacuated during this crisis, Save the Children will be there to help them recover."
To learn more about Save the Children or to support its response efforts around Hurricane Harvey, please go to www.SavetheChildren.org
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