Hurricane Irma is the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. After tearing its way across a string of Caribbean islands and up through Florida, Hurricane Irma has left behind a trail of devastation – with more than 4 million children at risk.
How is Save the Children Helping Hurricane Irma Survivors?
Save the Children is mobilizing teams and supplies to reach children and families worst affected by the storm, including Child Friendly Space kits to be used in shelters after the storm passes to give kids a safe place to play and read away from the stress of the situation. In addition, baby and toddler items such as pack and play cribs, strollers, baby wash basins and infant hygiene supplies are being procured to help families who had to evacuate without needed items for their children.
Save the Children is also responding in Cuba, where emergency teams, in close coordination with the government, are providing essential assistance and supplies to families including mosquito nets, tarps and hygiene items.
At Save the Children, we know that, when crisis strikes, children are always among the most vulnerable, and often suffer most. That’s why, with nearly a century of child-focused emergency expertise, we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure children survive and stay safe, so their childhoods can continue.
“My decision to evacuate my home and move further inland was for my children. I spoke to my 6-year-old about my own memories of hurricanes when I was growing up, and I answered his questions as truthfully as possible. The hurricane will be loud and scary, but I reminded him that there are caring adults all around to help protect him and his brother.”
– Katherine, mom of two young children, from Brandon, Florida
Our emergency relief experts are at the ready to respond to the unique needs of children and families in this crisis. We’re mobilizing expert staff to distribute essential family-focused supplies and set up child-friendly spaces to protect and care for children in emergency shelters. We’re also working with communities to ensure that the youngest residents are not forgotten.
“There are a multitude of risks to children during storms such as Irma – including storm damage, the chance of separation from parents and the psychological impacts of natural disaster.
“We urge parents to do everything they can to help keep their children safe and out of harm’s way, including talking to their children about the storm, filling out an In Case of Emergency (ICE) card and evacuating to shelters or safer areas when told to do so by authorities.”
– Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children
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