Disaster preparedness and resilience

In 2013, we embarked on an ambitious long-term global partnership with Save the Children, to help deliver lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children. Working together, we aim to help save the lives of one million children.

In 2015 in the US, we partnered with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Save the Children to research how to develop a national model for preparing child-serving institutions to better meet the needs of children in disasters.

When disaster strikes, children are always the most vulnerable.

Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais, Save the Children

After being separated during Hurricane Katrina, it took seven months to reunite the last family...and no part of the country is immune to a natural disaster.

"Severe gaps in emergency planning, particularly the lack of the inclusion of children’s critical needs for protection, safeguarding and support, put communities and families across the United States at risk,” says Dr. Irwin Redlener, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

Each day, 69 million children across the US are away from their families while at daycare or in school. Save the Children reports that if a disaster—hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flood—strikes during that time, 21 states and the District of Columbia lack basic preparedness standards to protect them, and 4 in 10 families do not have a plan to deal with such an emergency.

"When disaster strikes, children are always the most vulnerable," says Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais, Senior Director for US Disasters, Save the Children.

The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative—funded through a $2 million, three-year grant from GSK—will analyze and recommend procedures, trainings and guidance to help localities shield children from post-disaster devastation.

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