Disaster Response and Recovery in the U.S.

Helping Kids Be Prepared, Stay Safe and Build Resilience

Save the Children is committed to reducing the impact of disaster, whether natural or manmade, on children through effective preparedness, response and recovery. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children led the presidentially appointed National Commission on Children in Disasters and has since emerged as a national leader in emergency disaster relief and recovery.

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Our Ongoing Support for Hurricane Survivors

Hurricane Florence – North Carolina

As Hurricane Florence battered the coast of the Carolinas, generating life-threatening floodwaters and damaging winds, Save the Children was on the ground in North Carolina supporting the immediate needs of children and families displaced by the storm. Save the Children’s emergency response team, positioned in the Raleigh-Durham area, delivered essential child-focused supplies for displaced children and families in evacuation shelters – including hygiene kits, portable cribs, baby wipes, toys and children’s activities – and set up safe play spaces in shelters for children to play, learn and cope. LEARN MORE

Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, pummeling the U.S. territory with catastrophic levels of rain and winds up to 155 miles per hour. Save the Children has been on the ground since the earliest days of the disaster to support the children and families most affected by this catastrophic storm. One year later, children and families in rural and mountainous areas still remain without reliable power or clean water, and dozens of schools have been closed by the government. This catastrophe has created immensely stressful times for children as they cope with the loss of homes, belongings, schools and daily routines. Save the Children is providing children and their caregivers social and emotional support with our signature program, Journey of Hope. We are committed to working in 12 of the most affected communities – with a commitment to help children return to learning – through 2019 at a minimum. LEARN MORE

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in over 50 years. More than 3 million children were affected by the catastrophic storm, which displaced more than 1 million people and damaged over 200,000 homes in a path of destruction that stretched more than 300 miles. Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team deployed in advance of the storm and has been on the ground, based in Houston, since the earliest days of the disaster. One year later, we continue to work to serve children and families affected by the storm. We’ve partnered with Collaborative for Children, local education networks and programs to restore and improve child care, early learning, summer and afterschool services for thousands of children. We’re committed to supporting the wellbeing and education of Texas children for the long-term, and will be in the Lone Star state through 2019. LEARN MORE

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma struck Florida on September 10, 2017, leaving thousands of families to deal with the loss of homes, power, and clean water, damage to schools and child-care programs and damage to places of work. Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team deployed as the storm made landfall and has been on the ground ever since. Today, we’re continuing to collaborate with early education networks to restore child care to the Florida Keys, where most local programs were destroyed. We’re also working with partners in Immokalee, serving migrant farmers’ families who have lost everything. Save the Children is committed to the families and children who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and will support recovery through 2019. LEARN MORE


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