Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Relief



What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour. Hurricane season runs from June through November, but a hurricane can occur at any time. When a similar superstorm originates in the northwestern Pacific region, it is called a typhoon.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Helps Create Lasting Change in Puerto Rico

Every Halloween, UNICEF USA puts out the call and children, families and educators across the country answer. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box has become an enduring symbol of hope and compassion in difficult times. This was especially true in October 2017, when Puerto Rico was still reeling from Hurricane Maria.

How We're Supporting Children in Puerto Rico

It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and while many children and families are still reeling from the effects, recovery efforts have made some progress. Michelle Centeno, UNICEF USA’s Manager for Humanitarian Emergencies and Executive Communications, visited the island earlier this month to observe the impact of ongoing assistance efforts, and the launch of a new nutrition program for children.

One Year After Harvey, UNICEF USA Is Still Supporting Houston's Kids

It was on Aug. 25, 2017, that Hurricane Harvey made landfall, slamming Texas and parts of Louisiana with Category-4 winds and heavy rains and causing catastrophic flooding — one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history.

Some 13 million people were affected, including 3 million children in the hardest-hit areas in and around Houston. For many children who witnessed the destruction, as homes, schools and communities were being washed away, so too was their sense of security, normalcy and well being.