Saturday, August 30, 2008
Westport’s Save the Children said today it has dispatched an emergency response team to the Gulf Coast to expand its ability to assist children and families who might be displaced by Hurricane Gustav, which is bearing down on the Louisiana coast.
Save the Children has been operating children-focused programs on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans exactly three years ago today. Forecasters are predicting the new storm could strike New Orleans early next week.
Save the Children staff members are preparing to hand out 1,500 children’s evacuation backpacks at the two mass shelters that are being set up in Louisiana in anticipation of a major evacuation of families from the Gulf Coast, an announcement said.
Save the Children is also prepared to establish safe spaces for children in shelters, the organization said.
The agency said it has pre-deployed kits to set up safe spaces in shelters established by the Red Cross, with whom Save the Children has partnered, to ensure the protection and well-being of children.
Save the Children said it also plans to work to ensure that child-care centers can quickly re-establish services and schools can rebound so students do not fall behind in their education.
Posted 08/30/08 at 01:03 AM Permalink