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Children's Health Fund's Operation Assist provided vital support to Hurricane Katrina survivors
Disaster Response Timeline

October 2012
Superstorm Sandy rampages through the Mid-Atlantic region. Within days, Children’s Health Fund sends mobile medical clinics to help survivors in New York and New Jersey.

October 2010
National Commission on Children and Disasters delivers its final report to President Obama and Congress.

October 2010
In response to needs identified in the Marist Poll survey, Children’s Health Fund sends a mobile clinic to serve families in Plaquemines Parish – an area heavily affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

August 2010
Children’s Health Fund, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Marist Poll release a study: "Impact on Children and Families of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” Over a third of parents surveyed say their children have experienced physical symptoms or mental health distress as a consequence of the oil spill.

October 2009
National Commission on Children and Disasters delivers an interim report to President Obama and Congress.

April 2009
National Commission on Children and Disasters invites Children’s Health Fund to contribute policy, legislative, regulatory and administrative recommendations to its ongoing work.

April 2008
Dr. Redlener is selected to serve on the newly-formed National Commission on Children and Disasters. The independent bipartisan body conducts the first-ever comprehensive study on children’s needs in emergencies and recommends policies to President Obama and Congress.

May 2006
CHF and other national organizations hold a press conference to call for action on the humanitarian crisis left by Hurricane Katrina.

September 2005
Children’s Health Fund and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness launch Operation Assist to help families hit by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Region. In addition to medical care, Operation Assist has provided much-needed therapy for traumatized children and professional support and training to mental health professionals. Children’s Health Fund continues assisting these families through its New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf projects.

September 2001
Within hours of the September 11 terror attacks, Children’s Health Fund dispatches two mobile medical units to lower Manhattan, bringing medical supplies, personnel and technical assistance to Ground Zero.

August 1992
Children’s Health Fund sends mobile medical clinics to Florida to provide care for survivors of Hurricane Andrew. The South Florida Children’s Health Project remains active to this day.