Giving Compass' Take:
- Here is an overview of how the flooding in Kentucky can impact children and families and how best to help them.
- How can donors think about long-term relief for children and families?
- Read more about the role of coal companies in the flooding.
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How extensive is the damage from the flooding in Kentucky?
The flooding has washed away roads and bridges, engulfed families’ homes, and many have lost power – and it is still unsafe for water rescues in some areas. With more rain forecasted, the situation will likely worsen. Some areas have lost access to drinkable water and it could take weeks for services to be restored.
What do children and families impacted by the flooding in eastern Kentucky need right?
With hundreds of children and families facing loss and uncertainty, they might not know when they'll get back to their normal routine. Some children might not know where their friends and family members are yet. It can be a very scary and stressful situation for kids.
Some areas have lost access to drinkable water and it could take weeks for services to be restored. Families need critical supplies like clean drinking water, food, hygiene supplies, diapers, cleaning supplies and a safe place to live.
How is Save the Children helping children and families impacted by the flooding in Kentucky?
With emergency supplies pre-positioned ahead of the flooding, Save the Children staff are working to deliver essential items to eastern Kentucky kids, families and communities – including water, cash cards, hygiene kits, diapers, wipes, cribs, and cleaning supplies for schools.
With three schools already declared a total loss, we are also engaging local early learning partners to support the needs among the area’s schools and early learning and child care centers.
We are also providing art activity kits, games and toys to kids and families in area shelters, so kids have an opportunity to be kids again.
Read the full article about flooding in Kentucky at Save the Children.