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. By strengthening the preparedness and relationships between child-serving institutions and their supporting agencies and organizations, families and communities are then afforded a greater opportunity to lessen the impact of disasters and return to normalcy faster.

Through the support and development of Community Resilience Coalitions in addition to national advocacy, the RCRC Initiative aims to enhance local planning capacity, fortify relationships and partnerships in preparedness, and identify critical policy levers to affect systematic change to address the unique needs of children before, during and after 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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RCRC Communities

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.