In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy inflicted an estimated $50 billion in damage in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Sandy was the most destructive U.S. hurricane after Hurricane Katrina. View the slideshow
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Save the Children responded quickly. Your support helped us distribute needed relief supplies to thousands of children and families in shelters and communities and provide emotional support to children dealing with stress and uncertainty.
At the six-month mark of the disaster, we remain in some of the hardest-hit places, helping children as they rebound from their experiences and building their resiliency. We are partnering with child care providers to restore services that working families and children depend on; training these providers to safeguard our children; and advocating with state and local officials so that children’s needs are recognized and included in disaster planning.
We are profoundly grateful for our donors’ support and pleased to share these highlights of our post-Sandy responses to date. We will continue to work with children, families and communities over the rest of this year.
Meeting Children’s Immediate Needs
We delivered food, hygiene supplies, blankets, toys and children’s clothing to children and families in shelters. This included supplemental food for 15,545 children and their families and 150,000 diapers and other infant hygiene supplies for families with young children.
We opened our storm-tested Child-Friendly Spaces at 16 shelters for children who did not have safe places to play and forget their stress and uncertainty. These spaces benefited 1,485 children.
Restoring Child Care Services
Hundreds of local child care facilities were damaged. Many low-income and working parents who depend on these centers are still without child care and, in some cases, remain unable to work. Children are losing out on important development opportunities that are critical for a strong start in school.
We are partnering with the Child Care Resource and Referral Networks in New Jersey and New York to identify child care providers who need help restoring programs. We have helped nearly 30 local centers to re-open, through grants or distributions of materials. This is impacting over 3,200 preschool children.
Building Local Resiliency and Capacity
Hurricane Sandy tested children’s ability to cope with stress and uncertainty. It also reinforced the need for children’s caregivers, communities and emergency preparedness leaders to be ready to respond to children’s needs in the event of a crisis.
Schools in the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Staten Island, NY are using our Journey of Hope workshops to strengthen children’s resiliency and help them express their fears and hopes. All child care centers that receive our support will be required to take part in emergency preparedness training and business continuity training so that they will have a plan to quickly resume their services after a disaster.
We’ve set a goal of involving 2,000 children in our Resilient and Ready children’s workshop. Children will receive a backpack with items that can provide comfort should their families be forced to evacuate.
We will advocate so that states meet these four basic disaster preparedness and safety standards for children in child care and at schools:
· Child care centers have an evacuation/relocation plan;
· Child care centers have a family-child reunification plan;
· Child care centers have a plan for children with special needs; and
· All K-12 schools have plans for dealing with multiple kinds of hazards.
Thank You to Our Corporate Partners
Save the Children Corporate Partners have provided generous support allowing Save the Children to immediately deploy teams to some of the hardest hit areas following Hurricane Sandy’s destructive hit to the east coast. Read More
How You Can Help
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our donors, Save the Children has raised over $3 million for the Hurricane Children in Emergency Fund. We never know where or when the next disaster will strike. Help us be prepared with a gift to our Domestic Emergency Fund.