The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative
69 million children are away from their parents every day, in daycare centers, schools, camps or with neighbors, family or friends. If a disaster strikes, where will those children be taken? Are child-serving institutions prepared? Are they on the radar of local first-responders?
These are the questions that the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities (RCRC) Initiative tries to help parents, communities and policy-makers find answers to. Following a successful pilot led by The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the international nonprofit Save the Children to develop a community-wide approach to child-focused disaster planning, GSK continues to support the initiative in communities affected by recent hurricanes in New Hanover County, North Carolina and communities in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico with a $1 million, two-year grant announced in 2018.
The RCRC initiative on Thursday was named winner of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s for “Best Disaster Preparedness and Community Resilience Program.”
The RCRC initiative has produced a comprehensive online toolbox of resources for communities across the US. With nearly two-thirds of American households lacking adequate disaster plans, the RCRC Toolbox provides the resources that parents, community leaders, emergency management officials, schools and child care facilities need to prepare for emergencies and improve their ability to help children quickly return to a sense of normalcy. The toolbox is available online at https://rcrctoolbox.org/.