Save the Children’s emergency response experts are on the ground in Louisiana and Mississippi, providing basic necessities and establishing child-friendly environments within shelters along the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast.
This week, Hurricane Isaac caused strong winds, flooding and heavy rainfall in the region, forcing families to seek safety in shelters.
“Children are always the most vulnerable in an emergency situation, so Save the Children makes sure there are safe places for children in evacuation centers,” said Jeanne-Aimée De Marrais, who is leading Save the Children’s response team in Louisiana.
“We have provided local shelters throughout the Gulf region with our Child Friendly Space kits and the training they need to help children deal with this traumatic experience.”[ Also Read: Americans Using Mobile Apps in Emergencies ]
After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast seven years ago, Save the Children says it assisted more than 200,000 children affected by the storm.
“Through our preparedness, response and recovery programs, we have put the unmet needs of children and their caregivers first,” said DeMarrais.
Save the Children organization works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need—access to quality education, healthy foods, and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment.