What was it like for a child to experience one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history and how did it change their lives? Hear what their lives are like now and what their hopes are for the future.

With the generous support of people like you, our emergency teams provide immediate relief for children and families facing disasters and crises like Hurricane Katrina. 

Disaster Report Card

Get Ready. Get Safe.

As a nation we are underprepared to protect children. More than a decade ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Children often suffered the most. It soon became clear: U.S. emergency planning did not account for children's unique needs. Save the Children’s expanded disaster report card finds some important progress. But far too many serious gaps remain. Our children, still at risk, deserve better.

Hurricane Katrina has had a lasting, negative impact on tens of thousands of children:

  • Lingering emotional and developmental consequences for child survivors
  • More than 5,000 cases of missing children were reported
  • Children suffered the deaths of loved ones and pets
  • Child care centers and schools were destroyed

In response to concerted advocacy by Save the Children and many child advocacy groups, President George W. Bush and Congress created the National Commission on Children and Disasters to assess the gaps and close in federal planning that put children at risk.

The commission’s comprehensive assessment found that “children were more often an afterthought than a priority” across 11 functional areas of U.S. disaster planning. In 2010, the commission issued its final report, with recommendations aimed at ensuring children’s unique needs are accounted for in U.S. disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Here you will find PDF to determine progress made on these recommendations. While the federal government has made progress in addressing the commission’s recommendations, our research indicates that nearly four in five of the recommendations have not been fully met. Read the full report and access our archives below.

Disaster Report Card Archive

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