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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Support for Hurricane Survivors

Destruction from Hurricane Michael, 2018, which hit the Florida panhandle and devastated nearby communities in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. This photo depicts The Kinard Branch Library in Wewahitchka that sustained detrimental damage. Photo credit: Gordon Folkes / Save the Children, October 2018

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael, just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, was the most intense on record ever to hit Florida’s panhandle region. The storm’s destructive path affected some of Florida’s and Georgia’s poorest counties. With the support of people like you, Save the Children‘s teams provided immediate relief for children and families affected by the storm. Critical supplies, including diapers and hygiene kits, were distributed to families while our emergency response team set up safe play spaces in shelters. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR RESPONSE

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence battered the coast of the Carolinas, generating life-threatening floodwaters and damaging winds. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Save the Children has been working to meet the immediate and long-term needs of impacted children in southeastern and coastal North Carolina. In the early days of the storm, Save the Children set up safe spaces in shelters where kids could play, learn and begin to recover, and delivered essential supplies to children and families affected by the storm. And we continue to restore child care and early learning centers, as well as afterschool programs, and teach children preparedness and resilience skills. 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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