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Disaster Relief in America
Supporting Kids in America Before, During and After Emergencies
Disaster Report: Are children in your state at risk?
Every American child deserves better protection from disasters. That's why Save the Children is providing this state-by-state assessment of U.S. preparation and safety standards.
There are 67 million children in American schools and child care facilities at any given point on a weekday. Children are most vulnerable when they are away from their families. If a disaster strikes, it's crucial that parents are able to quickly reunite with their children in a safe place. After Hurricane Katrina, it took up to six months to reunify some children with their families.
Here at home, we struggled to prepare for and respond to unforeseen security threats: natural, manmade, health and economic. As we did so, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens were left even more vulnerable by a disaster relief system that didn't address their needs.
Save the Children is committed to reducing the impact of disasters on children through effective Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Advocacy.
Since 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children has emerged as the national leader for children in times of disaster. Through our preparedness, response and recovery programs, we put the unmet needs of children and their caregivers first.
Improving Disaster Preparedness
Save the Children has learned that simple, low-cost and no-cost improvements to the design and location of emergency evacuation shelters, local assistance centers and other locations where children and families congregate before, during and after incidents can dramatically improve the safety and well-being of children and adults who live in them. Although these sites are intended to be temporary, addressing and improving residents' quality of life is important. Below are best practices that address children's unique needs and promote child safety and well-being while in temporary locations.
Coming Together After Sandy Hook
When tragedy struck Newtown, Connecticut, we were there to comfort children and provide a safe place for them to work through difficult emotions while their parents sought support.
Last Updated October 2013