Staff member plays with Samantha, 2, at a shelter
Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in over 50 years. It displaced more than 1 million people and damaged over 200,000 homes in a path of destruction that stretches more than 300 miles.
As the national leader in child-focused disaster preparedness, response and recovery, Save the Children was uniquely positioned to address the needs of children and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. We have more than 80 years’ experience serving the needs of U.S. children and are a partner of the Red Cross, coordinate closely with FEMA and are a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Additionally, we have a strong history of protecting vulnerable children in the aftermath of emergencies in Texas, including Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.
To date, we have reached nearly 18,000 children and adults through our Hurricane Harvey response. Given the magnitude of the disaster and the massive scope of children’s needs, we have committed to a two-year response strategy to help children, their families and communities to recover. Over this time, we will continue to support children and families through psychosocial support programs, the restoration of local childcare and early learning services, and disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness to help children, families and communities become more resilient and ready in the event of a future crisis. Our goal is to reach over 160,000 children and adults with direct support.
We are grateful for your support which has already helped children, families and communities recover from their losses, rebuild their lives and become more resilient to future shocks. Thank you.