Flooding, heavy rains and tornados related to Hurricane Harvey continue to put millions at risk, including nearly 3 million children in the Houston area. Save the Children's emergency responders are on the ground helping kids and families. Save the Children knows from decades of experience that children are the most affected in the wake of emergencies and disasters, and often their needs fall through the cracks. Children need to be a priority-Save the Children is on the ground responding.
Hurricane Harvey continues to intensify into a life-threatening storm, putting children and families at risk. Save the Children is offering assistance to Texas state officials, and is working with the Red Cross and local partners to establish Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters in areas that will be disrupted by the storm.
Save the Children's Child Friendly Spaces are safe, designated areas where children can play, socialize and begin to recover after a disaster. They are run by trained staff members and give parents a supportive place to leave their children while attending to their family's immediate and longer-term needs.
Children are always among the most vulnerable when crisis strikes. Offering them a safe place during times of disruption and uncertainty allows them to have much-needed fun again, while building their resiliency.