Children displaced by Hurricane Florence were able to rest and play in the Child Friendly Spaces set up in evacuation shelters by Save the Children. Photo credit: Jeremy Soulliere / Save the Children, Sept 2018.

Hurricane Florence battered the coast of the Carolinas, destroying homes, schools and child care centers in 2018. Save the Children was there before the storm made landfall, helping to meet the immediate needs of children and families in southeastern and coastal North Carolina. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we continue to help children, families and communities most affected by the catastrophic storm.

Hurricane Florence

With a storm path 350 miles wide, Hurricane Florence produced historic flooding in September 2018, putting children at great risk and taking many of them from the lives they once knew. Knowing that recovery can take years, Save the Children continues to partner with North Carolina’s hardest hit communities to meet children’s long-term needs.

Committed to the Children of North Carolina

Children still need our help to fully recover from the trauma and impact of Hurricane Florence. Save the Children is committed to providing hurricane relief in the most affected communities in southeastern and coastal North Carolina.

Return to Learning: Communities cannot begin to recover after disaster until child care and early learning centers are back up and running. Save the Children continues to collaborate with early learning networks serving the most vulnerable children and families impacted by Hurricane Florence, helping restore child care and early learning centers so children get back to learning and playing with their peers – and parents can get back to work. We are also supporting youth organizations that provide afterschool programs and activities for children, helping them recover and expand to serve children affected by the storm.

Emotional Support: Disasters can steal children’s sense of security, affect their health, behavior and ability to learn, and fracture their relationships for years. Save the Children is helping child care and early learning centers build emotionally supportive learning environments for kids in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, promoting the emotional well-being of parents, caregivers and teachers, so they, in turn, can meet children’s emotional needs.

Prepared for the Future: Emergency preparedness and resilience building are key to our recovery strategy in North Carolina. Through collaboration and technical assistance from Save the Children, our partners are directly supporting child care and early learning centers with emergency planning, equipping families with essential supplies, and teaching children preparedness and resilience skills through our Prep Rally program.

With your support, Save the Children is there before, during and after an emergency. Working together, we help communities become more resilient so that each time a crisis happens they are stronger, more likely to survive and able to recover more quickly. Your support today helps make this possible. We continue to lead hurricane relief efforts in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Irma, in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.


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