It is one year ago today since Superstorm Sandy barreled in to the north east coast of the United States, leaving millions without power and hundreds of thousands without homes. In that aftermath, Save the Children has remained focused on the trauma of kids as they navigate the continued struggle to rebuild.
In the Huffington Post, Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles reminds us that Superstorm Sandy’s heartbreak is far from over. “Many children are depressed, withdrawn, and uninterested in school. Or they’re acting out, unable to deal with the anger and stress that won’t go away. Ongoing financial fallouts at home make things even harder, especially for children in the poorest families.”
Get Ready. Get Safe.
How can we protect children from the effects of disaster? “We need to take action as a society, but also in our own homes,” says Miles.
Save the Children’s recently released 2013 disaster report card reveals that most states still fail to meet four basic standards to protect children from disaster in schools and child care. New Jersey is one of only four states that took action this year to meet all four standards. “Let’s hope it doesn’t take a disaster like Sandy to wake up the 28 states that still fail to adequately protect children,” Miles said.
Save the Children has a range of ideas and actions you can take right now to prepare your family, and especially your children, for any kind of disaster.
Take Action Challenge
1. Download this Get Ready. Get Safe. Parent’s Checklist and start planning in your own home and neighborhood. It’s always the right time to have a plan!
2. Check out www.savethechildren.org/getready for more resources, ways to take action and speak up for all of our kids — to make sure they are as safe as can be when disaster strikes.
3. Watch and share this video from Save the Children about the continuing impact on Sandy’s most vulnerable survivors.