Residents in Texas are slowly recovering from the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey that made landfall on Friday night, August 25.
With 130 mph winds, the hurricane left behind disastrous floods in Houston, Galveston, and Corpus Christi, upwards to 40 inches of rain.
This is one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the U.S. in over 10 years since Wilma in 2005 and it's affecting Texans, including children.
“During any disaster, children are uniquely vulnerable—both to the physical threats of the storm and flooding, as well as to the long-term psychological impacts from enduring a traumatizing event,” said Fernando Stein, MD, a Houston-based pediatrician and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in an official statement from the AAP.
Stein stated that the best way to help children cope with a natural disaster is to nurture them and surround them with love.
“It's critical that families remain together during rescue and recovery efforts,” he said, adding that staying together is critical for immigrant families as well. “We must reassure immigrant communities that our first concern is for their safety and well-being,” he said.
Hurricane Harvey Facts
- 3.1 million children are currently under Flash Flood Emergency.
- 1.5 Million children live in the counties where the disaster has been officially declared.
- 40% of the people in shelters are children, who need extra support to meet their unique needs.
- In one shelter, more than 20 babies spent the night sleeping in card board boxes.
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