U.S. Emergency Response Results

When crisis strikes, children are always among the most vulnerable. That’s why Save the Children has been on the ground, protecting America’s children, in every major disaster since Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to you, in the early days of a disaster, we immediately deploy emergency responders, deliver essential supplies and provide safe, supervised spaces for children to learn, play and cope. We also stay to ensure children’s long-term recovery. And we help children, families, schools and communities prepare for the next disaster.

Thanks to your compassionate support, we directly reached 284,000 children through our U.S. emergency response, recovery and resilience programs last year.

Read about our disaster relief programs.

Two girls play with play-dough in their daycare in Texas. Their daycare was heavily affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They sustained structural damage as well as damage to the interior, exteriors classroom equipment and playground equipment. Funds and GIK books and toys from Save the Children has helped and enhanced the quality of the day care and the children’s day to day experience. Save the Children also replaced the restroom and the counters in the kitchen. Photo credti: Ellery Lamm/Save the Children 2018. Two girls play with play-dough in their daycare in Texas. Their daycare was heavily affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They sustained structural damage as well as damage to the interior, exteriors classroom equipment and playground equipment. Funds and GIK books and toys from Save the Children has helped and enhanced the quality of the day care and the children’s day to day experience. Save the Children also replaced the restroom and the counters in the kitchen. Photo credti: Ellery Lamm/Save the Children 2018. Two girls play with play-dough in their daycare in Texas. Their daycare was heavily affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They sustained structural damage as well as damage to the interior, exteriors classroom equipment and playground equipment. Funds and GIK books and toys from Save the Children has helped and enhanced the quality of the day care and the children’s day to day experience. Save the Children also replaced the restroom and the counters in the kitchen. Photo credti: Ellery Lamm/Save the Children 2018.

Your Results: The Highlights








HURRICANE FLORENCE

2018 brought more devastating hurricanes to our shores. In September, Hurricane Florence battered the coast of the Carolinas, generating life-threatening floodwaters and damaging winds. We’ve been working to meet the immediate and long-term needs of children and families affected by the storm. In the early days, our relief experts set up child-friendly spaces in shelters and delivered essential supplies. We continue to restore child care and early learning centers, as well as afterschool programs. We’re also teaching children preparedness and resilience skills. Thanks to you, we’ve reached 54,200 children and adults so far.

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Thirteen months after Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Michael, classified a category 5, struck Florida in October. This massive storm was the most intense on record ever to hit the region, and its destructive path affected some of the poorest counties, least equipped to handle the storm’s devastation. With your generous support, we provided immediate relief for children and families affected by the storm. Critical supplies, including diapers, wipes and hygiene kits, were distributed to families, while our emergency response teams set up safe play spaces in shelters. So far, we’ve reached 24,000 children.

HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA

The 2017 hurricane season will long be remembered as one of the most active and destructive on record. Because of you, Save the Children was there – and as America’s leading child-focused crisis response organization, we remain committed to supporting the children and families still recovering and rebuilding. This includes restoring access to learning, ensuring children’s and caregivers’ well-being, and preparing children and communities for the next disaster. Thanks to your tremendous generosity, 238,000 children and adults have benefited from our relief and recovery programs in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.






















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actor and Save the Children Trustee

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