Emergency Response

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has left a wake of devastation, forcing vulnerable children and their families to evacuate their homes, not knowing whether they'll be able to return.


Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma has left behind a trail of devastation. Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit - a surge team of nurses and doctors deployed to the heart of disasters in their critical first stages - is on standby in the Caribbean to help survivors of the hurricane. Please support our efforts to keep vulnerable children safe.


Rohingya Crisis

Save the Children is mounting relief efforts in for families affected by the violence.


Mexico Earthquake

The second massive earthquake in as many weeks has rocked Mexico with a 7.1 magnitude quake and series of destructive aftershocks outside Mexico City. Save the Children is on the ground, responding to both devastating earthquakes with child-focused disaster relief efforts.

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Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria is threatening children and families in Puerto Rico with fierce winds and powerful rains. In response, Save the Children stands ready to help children and families with emergency assistance during this difficult time.

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Donate to a Specific Emergency

When disaster strikes, chaos reigns. But Save the Children's relief workers help protect boys and girls from harm, sickness and hunger. Our emergency reserves, the Children's Emergency Fund, help us respond during the critical first hours and days after a disaster strikes. In extreme emergencies, we will set up a dedicated fund for a massive disaster or major crisis. Ten percent of funds donated for specific emergencies go to our emergency reserves, the Children's Emergency Fund.


We Don’t Choose Sides. We #ChooseChildren.

Children don’t choose sides and neither do we. We choose children. Thanks to you, whenever and wherever children are in crisis, Save the Children is there, working around the clock to meet children's unique health, education and protection needs – even in the most challenging, the most complex, the most controversial circumstances.

Child Hunger and Famine Crisis

Child Hunger Crisis

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and northeast Nigeria in urgent need of food and water. Millions more in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Niger are also suffering and need help urgently.

Syria Child Refugees

Syria Child Refugees

Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by six years of war and unimaginable hardship. It underscores how critical the situation is - and how desperately help is needed.

Child Refugee Crisis

Child Refugee Crisis

Children and families are on the move at unprecedented numbers, creating the highest level of refugee children since World War II. Help Save the Children deliver lifesaving and life-changing aid to refugee children.

Protecting Children

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. Donate today to our Children's Emergency Fund and help us support children's needs throughout ongoing, complex emergencies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preparedness
  • 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.

Emergency Health Unit

When disaster strikes, it’s the first minutes, hours and days that matter most. That’s when most lives are lost, when children’s suffering is most intense.

It’s when health systems have been wiped out; when aid agencies are still making their assessments, preparing their response. And for every hour that passes, children suffer and die.

Our Emergency Health Unit is a network of health teams across the world: the right people, in the right place, ready to act.

Emergency Health Unit Brochure

  • Speed

    We can deploy our teams within 24 hours. Inside 72 hours, they can be right there, on the ground, saving lives.
  • Expertise

    Our teams contain the ideal combination of health and operational specialists: surgeons, doctors, nurses; team leaders, engineers and logistics experts.
  • Reach

    They’re strategically positioned in emergency hotspots around the world and are fully equipped with the best tools for the job: field hospitals, mobile clinics, life-saving drugs and nutrition supplements.
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