Hurricanes, cyclones and tropical storms can wreak havoc among communities with under-developed infrastructures. Children and their families who live near the coast— or who inhabit poorly constructed housing—are especially vulnerable. The lack of good roads and effective evacuation plans can also put children and their families in danger.
That's why, before catastrophe strikes, UNICEF works to enhance emergency response capability in communties from Latin America to the South Pacific that confront rising sea levels and intensifying storms.
In the immediate aftermath of storms like Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Hagupit, UNICEF provides rapid lifesaving emergency relief: water purification tablets, vaccinations and nutrition supplements for children and nursing mothers, tents and temporary shelters, school kits, and services like reuniting children separated from their parents.
Even after a storm, UNICEF programs help communities build back better with improved access to education, stronger health systems and reliable disaster preparedness plans.