Gulf Coast Floods
Save the Children has deployed an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish Child-Friendly Spaces in emergency shelters and assess children’s most urgent needs in the wake of severe flooding in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
"Thousands of children have been forced from their homes into shelters and many may have no home to return to anytime soon," said Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children’s emergency team leader. "Children are the most vulnerable when disaster strikes and it’s critical that their unique needs are addressed from the outset during emergencies like these terrible floods. We’re working closely with long-term local partners to make sure children are protected and cared for amidst the turmoil they and their families are experiencing."
More than 20,000 people have been rescued and at least four deaths have been confirmed as a result of severe flooding that hit southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi over the weekend. Both Louisiana and Mississippi are under a state of emergency. Numerous schools are closed, homes and buildings are destroyed and roads and bridges are impassable.
Save the Children’s local staff in Louisiana and Mississippi are currently working to verify the safety of children they serve, and also working to avert the destruction of two of the organization’s Head Start centers in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, which has been inundated in the floods. Save the Children’s education programs work to give children living in poverty opportunities to succeed in school and life that they might otherwise never have.Keeping Children Safe in a Flood