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Many communities, systems and child-serving institutions are not sufficiently prepared to meet the needs of children when a crisis strikes. A community’s resilience and ability to rebound from a crisis can be measured by its ability to care for its children, who are one of the most vulnerable populations in an emergency. In the simplest terms, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We need to hone in and strengthen the “links” that serve children, thereby enabling families and communities to reduce the lasting impact of disasters.

Building a Partnership

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) has formed a partnership with Save the Children, funded by a grant from GSK, to develop a model for child-focused disaster planning for communities, with a strong emphasis on building resilience over the long term. The goal is to create a set of tools, guidance, and best practices that can be used by communities and child-serving institutions to prioritize the needs of children during disasters, which can be scaled and replicated across the nation.

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Funded by a grant from GSK and conducted in partnership with Save the Children.



For questions or for more information about this initiative, please e-mail us at rcrc@columbia.edu.