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K is for “Katrina”.
When I started this blog I assumed that “K week” would be all about Kenya, but then I realised that August is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and since that anniversary has been in the news, it would be a good opportunity to think about emergencies and the needs of children in these crisis situations.  The 2005 hurricane was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.  10 years on and one focus of Save the Children is to try to protect children from disaster, throughout the world.  This is being done through disaster preparedness.  A Key way forwards it to teach Kids about the disasters that their local area may be prone to.  This Knowledge helps them stay calm and cope during emergencies because they Know what is happening, what to do and how to follow adult instructions.

This year, GSK and Save the Children formed a partnership with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness in the USA.  The “Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative” will analyse and recommend procedures, training and guidance to help areas in the US better meet the needs of children in disasters.  Whether in Kansas or Kentucky, states across the US can be affected by all Kinds of natural disasters such as hurricane, tornado, wildfire or flood, yet 4 in 10 families do not have a plan to deal with these types of events.  For more information see: http://us.gsk.com/en-us/about-us/disaster-preparedness-and-resilience/

Whilst disasters can happen anywhere in the world, according to the United Nations Development Programme, 85% percent of people exposed to disasters live in developing countries.  The Nepal earthquake reminded us about this most recently.  Countries still depend on the Kindness of the public to donate when these emergencies occur, but investing in disaster preparedness can help mitigate the impact of them.  That is why development agencies are Keen to see progress continuing in this area at a global level.