Support Children Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Apr 5, 2013

Responding to Hurricane Sandy's Impact on Children

This is our final report for the "Support Children Affected by Hurricane Sandy” project. Your generous support allowed Save the Children to immediately deploy teams to some of the hardest hit areas following Hurricane Sandy’s destructive hit to the east coast. 

Save the Children’s Post-disaster Immediate Response Programs Reached More Than 43,000 Survivors and Included:

  • Emergency care for 1,485 children in 16 shelters through our Child-Friendly Spaces program
  • Distributions of supplemental feeding for children in shelters (equivalent to 15,545 healthy meals), in response to the fact that children were receiving less than 900 calories per day during the initial six days because there was not enough food in shelters
  • Distribution of items, including: winter clothing, diapers, infant hygiene materials, and other vital supplies
  • Assistance for 18 school and child care sites to support their ability to reopen and start serving children again

Months after Sandy devastated the East Coast, Save the Children’s response and recovery teams are still in New York and New Jersey, working with families, communities, and partner organizations to provide long-term assistance to help families return to normalcy, send their children to school, and have access to child care.

Save the Children’s Long-Term Hurricane Sandy Response Includes:

  • Child Care and School Recovery – collaborating with large child-focused agencies to coordinate child care and school resources and recovery efforts
  • Psychosocial Support: Journey of Hope Program – building strategic partnerships with mental health agencies and state agencies help children and adults cope, build on their natural resiliency, and strengthen their network of social support—to help them recover from the fear, loss, and stresses related to Hurricane Sandy
  • Advocacy and Strengthening Child-Focused Preparedness – a critical role for Save the Children is to improve the ability of New York and New Jersey—and the U.S. in general—to better protect children when disasters strike

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Dec 4, 2012

Surviving Hurricane Sandy

Didi gets a warm blanket from Save the Children
Didi gets a warm blanket from Save the Children

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Save the Children rushed to the aid of girls and boys in hard-hit New Jersey and New York.

One of the children struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is 4-year-old Didi. When the worst of the storm was over, her family tried to go home, but the heat wasn’t working. It was just too cold for the little girl, so they came to a shelter where Save the Children provides relief services.

Didi participates in our signature Child Friendly Spaces – safe areas in the shelters where kids can begin to recover from disaster-induced emotional distress. Our trained professionals offer support and structured play with age-appropriate activities, such as arts and crafts, jump ropes, books, toys and board games. We’ve helped children in Child Friendly Spaces after many other disasters, including the Haiti Earthquake, Joplin Tornadoes, Hurricane Isaac and Japan Tsunami.

What’s more, we’re providing parents with the supplies they need to help keep kids clean and healthy, such as diapers, hygiene supplies and nutritious snacks. To help keep children warm, we delivered cozy blankets, onesies, jammies, hats and mittens throughout the affected areas.

Hopefully, Didi will be able to go home soon and won’t have to spend the holidays in a shelter.

Nov 13, 2012

Helping Children Cope After Superstorm Sandy

Marisol and Rachel
Marisol and Rachel

by Penny Crump, New York, NY

Hurricane Sandy took almost everything from Marisol. Fleeing her home with little more than clothes on her back, she waited out the storm at the safety of her Aunt’s house. Her mom, Rachel, stayed behind to protect their meager belongings from looters in a very rough neighborhood in New York.

Rachel had been told that they would be safe in their fourth floor apartment. But the winds and rain proved too much for their rundownbuilding.

The roof collapsed around her, destroying most of their belongings and killing Marisol’s little kitten.

“I haven’t told Marisol about her kitten yet, she’s been through too much already,” said Rachel. “I’m relieved she was at her Aunt’s when it happened.”

I spoke with many other families like Mariol’s who lived in apartments that have been condemned due to storm damage. They have no place to go home to – crowded shelters are their only refuge until temporary housing programs get fully up and running.

It’s in these shelters that Save the Children offers our Child-Friendly Spaces program. It gives girls and boys a safe area where they can play, have fun and express themselves under the supervision of caring, trained adults. It helps kids build self-esteem, work through difficult emotions and increase their ability to “bounce back”. 

Rachel was relieved to see Marisol having fun with the other children in our program. “I am just overwhelmed to see my daughter playing and happy again,” she said while choking back tears.

I told her, “It’s ok, we’ll get through this together”.

Hopefully, Marisol will feel safe and secure again soon. Kids like Marisol need caring people to support Save the Children’s response efforts. Please give generously to our Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.


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Project Leader

Penelope Crump

Westport, Connecticut United States

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