"We are carefully monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it moves up the coast so we can help children and families in need at the earliest possible moment," said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children. "We have responded to every major hurricane since Hurricane Katrina and we will use the knowledge gained during those emergencies to help families in Florida."
"With the exact path and impact of the storm still not totally clear, we are prepositioning just outside the evacuation area so we are ready to respond," said Jeanne-Aimée de Marrais, Emergency Response Team leader said en route to Florida. "Save the Children supports early childhood education programming in the state and children and families will be the focus of our response efforts."
Save the Children continues to respond in Haiti. We are deploying our Emergency Health Unit, a team that will provide life-saving primary healthcare in response to water-born and other health needs caused by the hurricane. The government estimates that over one million people live in the hard-hit departments of Grand' Anse and Sud, including more than 500,000 children.
To support Save the Children's work in response to Hurricane Matthew, please visit: savethechildren.org/Matthew.
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