Save the Children is committed to reducing the impact of disasters on children through effective preparedness, response, recovery and advocacy. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we’ve emerged as a national leader in emergency response serving more than 1 million children affected by U.S. disasters. We put the unmet needs of children and their caregivers first, keeping them safe and securing the future we share.
Hurricane Emergencies of 2017
Hurricane Maria – Puerto Rico
In September of 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, based in San Juan, 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 and daily routines. Save the Children is providing children and their caregivers social and emotional support. 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 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 hundreds of programs. We’re committed to supporting the wellbeing and education of Texan children for the long-term, and will be there through 2019. LEARN MORE
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 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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