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No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks. That's why Save the Children is prepared to help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath. We also support children's needs throughout ongoing, complex emergencies.
In 2013, we responded to 119 humanitarian crises, including armed conflict and natural disasters, in 48 countries, reaching more than 4 million children. We helped nearly 18,500 people in tornado-damaged areas of Oklahoma, and continued helping some 40,000 children recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. And we provided desperately needed aid to 1.2 million children in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
On any given day, Save the Children's disaster relief experts can be found responding to the needs of children during these challenging times, providing essential food, safety, comfort and lifesaving care.Donate Now
Current and Ongoing Emergencies
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Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Background
Emergency assistance is a core part of Save the Children's work. Whether recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Haiti Earthquake or the Indian Ocean Tsunami, children face an insecure and uncertain future in the aftermath of a disaster. Since our founding, Save the Children has responded to the needs of boys and girls in crisis around the world. Learn more about historical emergencies
Responding to Emergencies
Save the Children responds to three basic types of emergencies — sudden-onset, slow-onset and complex emergencies. Save the Children develops and maintains local and international partnerships to meet the challenges posed by disasters and crises in high risk communities worldwide. Read more about our emergency response programs
Over the past two decades, the number of natural disasters has increased four fold. But there is much that can be done to prevent and ease the suffering of children in the aftermath. In response, Save the Children has pioneered child-centered Disaster Risk Reduction. Read more about our emergency preparedness programs
Ways You Can Help
Support for a Global Action Fund provides footholds in the world's hot spots as well as in the world's most desperate, isolated places.
In addition, you can help make a difference by supporting all the work that Save the Children does to help children in need in the U.S. and around the world. Donate Now to Support our Mission
Last Updated July 2014