Preparing for Emergencies

Save the Children has learned that one of the best ways to save lives in an emergency is to be prepared. The agency works at the country and regional level to build local capacity to collect and analyze information, identify opportunities to reduce vulnerability to disasters, and plan effectively before disaster strikes. At the time of a disaster, prepositioned supplies combined with robust and well-trained staff, enable responders to reach a greater number of affected people with timely and appropriate relief. As history has demonstrated, this critical planning and risk mitigation can dramatically reduce the negative impact of disasters.

Through our programs, Save the Children can achieve so much for so little. In our recent emergency responses we were able to:

  • Provide hygiene kits containing soap, toothbrush, laundry detergent and more
  • Provide Household Kits with blankets, mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, brooms, mattresses, candles and more

While these are examples of how your donation could help, your generous gift will be used to support all of Save the Children's emergency preparedness and response efforts.

Save the Children's ability to respond quickly to emergencies around the world where significant numbers of children are at risk greatly depends on our available resources. By contributing to the Children's Emergency Fund, you enable us to prepare for and respond immediately to children and families who urgently need our help when disasters strike.

In keeping with our programming principles, Save the Children develops and maintains a range of different local and international partnerships with INGOs, CBOs and UN agencies to add value to our emergency work through collaborative approaches. This includes engagement in the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the IASC as noted above, InterAction, the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project, the Sphere Project, the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) and others. Save the Children is also engaged in a wide variety of humanitarian partnerships at regional and national levels.

Save the Children's collaborative approaches with the UN in particular are guided by the Global Humanitarian Platform Principles of Partnership, which include equality, transparency, result-orientation, responsibility and complementarity.

Ways You Can Help

Help Save the Children respond to emergencies around the world that put at risk the survival, protection, and well-being of significant numbers of children. By contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund, you enable us to prepare and respond immediately to children and families who urgently need our help when disasters strike. Help us prepare for emergencies around the world by contributing to our Children's Emergency Fund

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 to our Global Action Fund.

Last Updated December 2014

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