Responding After Tornadoes in the Florida Panhandle

May 17, 2024 • United States

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are hard at work in Tallahassee in the wake of strong storms and tornadoes. More volunteers are needed to help hurting homeowners.

U.S. Disaster Relief

Severe storms and tornadoes blitzed the Florida Panhandle just over a week ago, carving a path of destruction near the state capital of Tallahassee. Straight-line winds with gusts up to 100 mph damaged homes, felled numerous large trees, and left upwards of 80,000 families without power.

Just days following the storm, Samaritan’s Purse responded to the area in Jesus’ Name. After our assessors identified hundreds of homes damaged by fallen trees and powerful wind, our Disaster Relief Unit—a tractor-trailer filled with supplies and equipment—arrived in the area. Our volunteers began work May 13, cleaning debris, removing fallen trees, and tarping damaged roofs. Calvary Chapel Tallahassee is our host church for this response.

“It’s wonderful to be able to come, bring our volunteers and equipment, and put out teams into the area,” said Aaron Richards, the Samaritan’s Purse program manager in Tallahassee.

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers have already helped homeowners bewildered by the storms and continue to serve in Jesus’ Name to the thousands of families impacted.

However, the need is great. “As we got deeper in [the community], we realized that the damage here was significant. We need to keep our volunteer numbers up,” Richards added.

Remain in prayer for all those impacted by these sudden storms in the Florida Panhandle. Please prayerfully consider volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse in Tallahassee as our relief efforts continue. For more information, visit

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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