Emergency Response

Photo of wooden crosses and American flags at the site of a tornado ravaged neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Strong

Oklahomans begin long recovery process after more than 3,400 structures were damaged or destroyed as a result of May's tornadoes.

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Sattelite photo of a hurricane.

Disasters Don’t Discriminate (But Sometimes People Do)

Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality host a webinar on helping LGBT individuals and families during an emergency response.

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ACF personnel were on the ground immediately after the storm. CAPT Mary Riley worked alongside ACF Region 2 staff Glen Karpovich, Joyce Thomas and Nicole Richardson.

ACF Response to Superstorm Sandy by the Numbers

More than 16,000 ACF staff hours were dedicated to response and recovery activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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Belle Harbor, N.Y., March 22, 2013 -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to work with local communities to remove debris from houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Kenneth Wilsey/FEMA

Rebuilding through Recovery – Social Services Block Grant

The Office of Community Services (OCS) issued $474.5 million in Social Services Block Grant funding to Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island in support of the states’ recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

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Capt. Mary Riley standing at a beach at Seaside Heights, N.J. which suffered major damage.

Super Storm Sandy: Five Months Later

ACF's Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response director reflects on her recent trip to sites devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

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A mother breastfeeds a young infant.

Infant feeding during disasters

The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response urges communities to take infant feeding — including breastfeeding — into consideration when preparing for a disaster.

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Joyce Thomas, along with state and federal officials, visit a child care center that was affected by the storm.

The Recovery Has Just Begun

From bringing back Head Start and child care centers online, to providing immediate disaster case management, to ensuring the timely delivery of human services, Region 2 staff are on the frontline of a disaster whose recovery has just begun.

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Ocean County Community Economic Action Now Head Start leaders in New Jersey meet to discuss recovery efforts with Office of Head Start Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes.

Working Together to Support Communities Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Head Start centers in New York and New Jersey are opening their doors to their communities and helping put lives back together.

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Red Cross nurses at the Nassau Community College shelter explain to Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and Michelle Davis, Region II Health Administrator, the care needs of families.

Serving Families After the Storm

ACF leadership visits New York and New Jersey to survey affected programs and meets with local officials who are ready to rebuild.

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A black and white picture of a sad teen.

Resources for Children and Youth During or After a Disaster

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center has put together a resource list for the disaster behavioral health needs of children and youth, related organizations, and tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers as they help their children recover from a disaster or childhood trauma.

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