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Save the Children has worked in West Virginia since 2010 and has served more than 1 million U.S. children affected by disaster since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
On June 23, 2016, West Virginia was hit by powerful storms that impacted thousands of children. Widespread flooding and destruction were reported as well as power outages and the deaths of at least 14 people, including two young children. West Virginian Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency in 44 of the state’s 55 counties. Save the Children worked in three of the flood-affected counties, including Roane County, Calhoun County and Cherry River in Nicholas County.
Save the Children serves children in 5 West Virginia counties through health, early education programs and after school programs. The organization currently partners with local schools to deliver programing to 1,824 children in the state. Programs support mothers during pregnancy, provides home visits to families of infants and toddlers, help young children get ready for school, stay healthy and succeed in school and beyond.Tips for Keeping Children Safe in a Flood West Virginia Emergency Factsheet