U.S. Emergency Response

When crises strike, like they did last year – one spiraling hurricane after another – children are always among the most vulnerable.

Thanks to you, in the early days of a disaster, we immediately deploy relief experts, deliver essential supplies and provide safe 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 disaster. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Save the Children has emerged as a national leader in child-focused crisis response. In 2017, we directly reached nearly 157,000 children through our U.S. emergency response and preparedness programs.

Save the Children and your support helped us care for 2-year-old Samantha* and so many more, in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes in the United States. *Name changed for child’s protection. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Save the Children and your support helped us care for 2-year-old Samantha* and so many more, in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes in the United States. *Name changed for child’s protection. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Save the Children and your support helped us care for 2-year-old Samantha* and so many more, in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes in the United States. *Name changed for child’s protection. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017. Save the Children and your support helped us care for 2-year-old Samantha* and so many more, in the wake of last year’s devastating hurricanes in the United States. *Name changed for child’s protection. Photo credit: Save the Children/Susan Warner 2017.

Your Results: The Highlights








HURRICANE HARVEY

It began in August, when Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, triggering epic flooding that forced families from their homes. So far, we’ve reached 55,100 people with essential support and supplies. And we’re committed to the long haul, supporting ongoing recovery over the next two years. SEE DETAILS

HURRICANE IRMA

In early September, Hurricane Irma crashed ashore in the Florida Keys, and then stormed northward, leaving a path of destruction and flooding. We’ve reached 18,000 people so far. Over the next two years, we’ll be targeting our efforts to reach those in greatest need across the hardest-hit areas. SEE DETAILS

HURRICANE MARIA

Then came Hurricane Maria in mid-September, leaving a trail of devastation across Puerto Rico – the island’s worst disaster since 1928. We helped deliver relief by truck, helicopter and plane, reaching 63,100 people so far. Our recovery and resilience-building work will continue over the next two years. SEE DETAILS

AND THE AWARD GOES TO…

The Prep Step, our fun song and dance that helps make preparedness accessible for children and communities, was recognized with a 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), specifically winning the distinguished Preparation in Action Award! SEE DETAILS






















 

The Year’s Top Videos: U.S. Emergency Response

Watch to learn about your 2017 U.S. emergency response results for children. Leading with a look at how we made hurricane shelters friendlier – and safer – for America’s children in crisis.

Jennifer Garner Visits Hurricane Survivors

Hurricane Harvey: A Message from Our Staff

Hurricane Irma: Delivering Essential Supplies

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Road to Recovery

Your Results: The Details

HURRICANE HARVEY
It began in August, when Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, triggering epic flooding that forced families from their homes. We quickly deployed staff who set up child-friendly spaces, serving 300 children across seven sites. We provided essential supplies to 6,900 children and families. With corporate volunteers, we assembled 480 mother-baby kits and 2,600 home library kits.

We also provided emergency grants to trusted local organizations, supporting services for 14,400 children, including feeding over 1,000 a day. We’re helping restore 1,000 child care and school programs. And through Journey of Hope, we built a multi-partner collaboration to deliver our emotional support program to thousands of children. Thanks to you, we’ve reached 55,100 children and adults so far. And we’re committed to the long haul, supporting ongoing recovery over the next two years.

HURRICANE IRMA
In early September, Hurricane Irma crashed ashore in the Florida Keys, and then stormed northward, leaving a path of destruction and flooding. Thanks to you, we deployed over 30 staff and volunteers, reaching 18,000 children and adults so far. This included providing essential supplies for 8,800 children and another 2,100 blankets.

We helped local agencies distribute food and offer child care. We ensured the wellbeing of 200 children in our child-friendly spaces. We also provided emergency grants to restore child care centers damaged by Irma and supplied 10,300 children’s books. Over the next two years, we’ll be targeting our efforts to reach children and families in greatest need across the hardest-hit areas.

HURRICANE MARIA
Then came Hurricane Maria in mid-September, leaving a trail of devastation across Puerto Rico – the island’s worst disaster since 1928. Our staff arrived to find families overwhelmed with tremendous damage to their homes, no power and critical shortages of clean water, food and fuel. We quickly mobilized, helping deliver relief by truck, helicopter and plane, including 58,000 meals, 6,700 cases of water, 500 parent-baby kits and 1,500 shelter repair kits. We trained 20 local social workers on psychological first aid. And we’re mobilizing summer programs to help children recover and keep learning.

We also provided emergency grants and helped establish a Children’s Task Force to address long-term needs. Your support helped us reach 63,100 children and adults so far. Our recovery and resilience-building work will continue over the next two years.

AND THE AWARD GOES TO…
The Prep Step, our fun song and dance that helps make preparedness accessible for children, as well as child care providers, teachers, parents and communities, was recognized with a 2017 Individual and Community Preparedness Award by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), specifically winning the distinguished Preparation in Action Award!

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