Emergency Response Programs

In times of crisis, when children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there. We are always at the ready — and always among the first agencies that help during natural disasters. Delivering lifesaving emergency relief. And staying as long as it takes to ensure children and families can recover from the losses, restore their lives and build their resilience for years to come. Wherever and whenever children need us most, we are there.

Children and Natural Disasters

No one knows when the next earthquake, flood or tsunami will strike. But we do know children are severely affected by natural disasters. They also suffer greatly during conflict, drought and disease outbreaks. Save the Children’s natural disaster response and emergency relief programs help protect vulnerable boys and girls during disasters and their aftermath.

Current Disaster Relief and Emergency Response

Hurricane Michael

Exactly 13 months after Hurricane Irma barreled into the Florida Keys on September 10, 2017, Hurricane Michael struck Florida and beyond with even stronger wind gusts and greater speed. The massive storm, just shy of a Category 5 hurricane, was the most intense on record ever to hit the region. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Save the Children‘s team are providing immediate support for children and families affected by the storm. GET THE FACTS

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami

A catastrophic magnitude 7.5 earthquake and 20-foot-high tsunami caused massive damage and loss of life on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in late September 2018. The effect was horrifying. Buildings collapsed, lives were lost and huge waves swept away homes and other structures. Over 1.5 million people are affected, including at least 600,000 children. Our over 40-year commitment to Indonesia’s children remains strong, and – with your generous support – we are there for them now. FIND OUT HOW TO HELP

Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence battered the coast of the Carolinas, generating life-threatening floodwaters and damaging winds, Save the Children was on the ground in North Carolina supporting the immediate needs of children and families displaced by the storm. Save the Children’s emergency response team, positioned in the Raleigh-Durham area, delivered essential child-focused supplies for displaced children and families in evacuation shelters – including hygiene kits, portable cribs, baby wipes, toys and children’s activities – and set up safe play spaces in shelters for children to play, learn and cope. LEARN MORE

U.S. Border Crisis

Innocent children have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, gangs and crushing poverty in Latin America. After a dangerous journey, thousands of children seeking asylum have been heartbreakingly separated from their mothers and fathers when they reach the U.S. border. From our work in the U.S. and around the world, we understand the trauma and psychological impact that separation and indefinite detention has on children and families. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Save the Children is providing direct assistance to migrant children and their families. Together with our partners, we’re offering financial and communications support, as well as assisting families with legal representation, case management and reunification. READ MORE

Hunger and Famine Crisis

Conflict and the worst drought in 70 years has left 20 million children and adults in Somalia, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and other parts of Africa – as well as Yemen – in urgent need of food and water. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE HUNGER AND FAMINE CRISIS


Syrian Refugee

Syria has been a living nightmare for children and families tormented by years of war and unimaginable hardship. As hundreds of thousands flee for their lives, your help is desperately needed. LEARN MORE ABOUT SYRIAN REFUGEES



Since August 2017, 688,000 Rohingya children and families have fled to Bangladesh following a rapid and alarming escalation of violence in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. Save the Children is working around the clock to ensure Rohingya children and their families are supported in their basic human rights. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS CRISIS


Historical Emergencies

From our very beginnings, Save the Children has made it our mission to save the lives of boys and girls in danger around the world. In times of crisis, we’re always among the first to respond, working to keep children safe and helping families rebuild their lives. VIEW PAST EMERGENCIES


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