Emergency Response Programs

In times of crisis, when children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there. We are always at the ready — and always among the first agencies that help during natural disasters. Delivering lifesaving emergency relief. And staying as long as it takes to ensure children and families can recover from the losses, restore their lives and build their resilience for years to come. Wherever and whenever children need us most, we are there.

Children and Natural Disasters

No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks. Save the Children’s natural disaster response and emergency relief programs help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath.

Current Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

Yemen Crisis

In war-torn Yemen, 85,000 children may have died from starvation since start of crisis. 13 million people face starvation – many of them children. Save the Children is on the ground, working to help the most vulnerable survive and stay safe. SUPPORT YEMEN RELIEF

U.S. Border Crisis

Innocent children have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, gangs and crushing poverty in Latin America. Separation and detention are devastating children and families. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Save the Children is helping migrant children and their families. READ MORE

Syrian Conflict and Refugee Crisis

Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by years of war and unimaginable hardship. As millions flee for their lives, your help is desperately needed. LEARN MORE ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES


Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael, just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, was the most intense on record ever to hit Florida’s panhandle region. With the support of people like you, Save the Children‘s teams provided immediate support for children and families affected by the storm. GET THE FACTS

Rohingya Crisis

More than 688,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence. Save the Children is working around the clock to ensure Rohingya children and their families are supported in their basic human rights. FIND OUT MORE


Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

A catastrophic magnitude 7.5 earthquake and 20-foot-high tsunami caused massive damage and loss of life in Indonesia. More than half a million children were affected. Our over 40-year commitment to Indonesia’s children remains strong, and – with your generous support – we are there for them now.  FIND OUT HOW TO HELP

Hunger and Famine Crisis

Conflict and the worst African drought in 70 years have left more than 20 million people in urgent need of food and water. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HUNGER AND FAMINE CRISIS


Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence battered the coast of the Carolinas, generating life-threatening floodwaters and damaging winds. Our emergency response teams delivered essential child-focused supplies for displaced children and families in evacuation shelters. LEARN MORE

Historical Emergencies

From our very beginnings, Save the Children has made it our mission to save the lives of boys and girls in danger around the world. In times of crisis, we’re always among the first to respond, working to keep children safe and helping families rebuild their lives. VIEW PAST EMERGENCIES


We’ll be in touch! By signing up to receive emails from Save the Children you will receive a subscription to our monthly eNews, access to breaking emergency alerts and opportunities to get involved. To ensure delivery of Save the Children emails to your inbox, add support@savechildren.org to your contact list.