U.S. Disaster Relief

In addition to its international relief efforts, Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters in the United States. After an initial response, Samaritan’s Purse often stays behind to rebuild and restore houses for families in need.

Overview

  • The Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief team maintains a constant state of readiness—monitoring weather conditions and emerging natural threats around the nation in order to respond at a moment’s notice to help victims of natural disasters.
  • While Samaritan’s Purse’s U.S.-focused relief efforts are based in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, some 30 miles east of the organization’s main headquarters in Boone, the organization has strategically positioned staff and equipment across the country. Bases of operation include:
    • North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
    • Dallas, Texas
    • Fullerton, California
  • Samaritan’s Purse maintains a fleet of disaster response vehicles, including eight Disaster Relief Units, and stands ready for rapid deployment. These tractor-trailers are stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators, chain-saws and other tools to aid in cleanup efforts. Each Disaster Relief Unit also contains a small, built-in office space to serve as local command centers for Samaritan’s Purse recovery efforts.

Deployments

  • In disaster areas, Samaritan’s Purse always partners with a local church, where it sets up a command center, mobilizes volunteers and serves the community in need.
  • Once on the ground, Samaritan’s Purse assessment teams begin canvassing hard-hit neighborhoods and talking with victims to let them know help is available.
  • Samaritan’s Purse and its army of volunteers help families recover after a catastrophe. Depending on the nature of a disaster, volunteers may tear out damaged drywall, remove flooring, put tarps on damaged roofs, remove debris and help homeowners salvage personal belongings.
  • Disaster relief teams are made up of staff and volunteers. Many of the volunteers have received classroom and hands-on training, and they travel across the U.S. with Samaritan’s Purse to help homeowners impacted by natural disasters.
  • In 2019, Samaritan’s Purse launched Team Patriot—an initiative that provides Operation Heal Our Patriots participants the opportunity to volunteer in hard-hit communities following natural disasters. In 2020, 65 U.S. military veterans and their spouses helped families recover from storms on 11 deployments across the country.
  • Since 1998, Samaritan’s Purse has responded to 261 domestic disasters in 38 states, bringing aid to more than 54,000 families.
  • In 2020, more than 16,000 volunteers served some 369,500 hours with Samaritan’s Purse, helping some 5,300 families recover from disasters.
  • Samaritan’s Purse responded to 23 disasters in 12 states in 2020, including back-to-back Hurricanes Laura and Delta in Louisiana, wildfires in California and Oregon, and tornadoes across Middle Tennessee.

Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.

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