Saving lives in emergencies

Hilaweyn Refugee Camp in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia

In any crisis, children are always the most vulnerable. 

Save the Children works in Australia and around the world to help children recover from emergencies. We also provide long-term support and build community resilience to reduce the impact of future disasters.

When a disaster strikes, Save the Children responds to save lives, relieve suffering and help children and their families recover. With over 90 years' experience, Save the Children has expertise in providing immediate relief in some of the most challenging environments in the world. We ensure the most vulnerable people have access to shelter, clean water, food, and healthcare, and that children are safe from harm and are able to continue their education.

Current emergencies

From the distribution of life-saving supplies to children who have fled conflict in Syria, to helping communities rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Save the Children responds where help is needed most. Read about current emergency response work.

Our holistic approach to emergencies

Save the Children tackles both the causes and effects that humanitarian emergencies have on children and their families. We work with communities all year round to help them plan and prepare for disasters, reducing the impact they have on their lives.

When a disaster does strike, Save the Children responds immediately to save lives and support the most vulnerable. In the aftermath of a disaster, we also help people recover, supporting them to rebuild their lives and better prepare for future disasters. Learn more about what we do to help children in emergencies.

Emergency response in Australia

Whether it's the recent floods in Queensland or the bushfires that ripped through Tasmania earlier this year, Save the Children works to ensure the needs of children are met wherever a disaster strikes in Australia. Working with other Australian emergency response agencies, Save the Children sets up Child Friendly Spaces to ensure children have a safe area to play while their parents begin the process of recovering from the disaster. Throughout the year we also help communities with emergency management planning.