Samaritan’s Purse Responds to More Tornadoes in the South

March 26, 2021 • United States
Samaritan's Purse is responding in multiple locations in Alabama and Georgia after a series of powerful storms.

We are deploying additional teams and disaster relief units following powerful twisters in Alabama and Georgia.

U.S. Disaster Relief

Deadly tornadoes ripped across parts of Alabama and Georgia on Thursday, March 25, leaving behind a 100-mile path of destruction.


Areas in and around Birmingham and points east were hit hard by the latest storms. Newnan, Georgia, southwest of Atlanta, also reported widespread damage. Storms wreaked havoc across the two states, leveling homes, toppling trees, and causing power outages. Five people were killed in Alabama’s Calhoun County.

In response, Samaritan’s Purse has deployed three disaster relief units—tractor trailers packed with relief supplies and equipment—along with additional support vehicles and staff. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have also deployed to the area and will be on-hand to offer homeowners encouragement and spiritual support.

Volunteer teams are already hard at work serving hurting homeowners in Jesus’ Name, helping them clean up debris, cut up fallen trees, and patch damaged roofs.

We are working through local churches, in conjunction with municipal authorities, as we mount a response to these latest storms in two locations serving four Alabama counties: Etowah, St. Clair, and Calhoun; and Shelby, which includes the cities of Pelham and Hoover. We are also responding in Newnan, Georgia.

We began deploying volunteer teams Saturday, March 27. Volunteers are working out of our bases of operations in Alabama and Georgia:

Etowah County
Southside Baptist Church
3975 AL-77, Gadsden, Alabama 35907

Shelby County
First Baptist Church Pelham
2882 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, Alabama 35124

Newnan, Georgia:
First Baptist Church Newnan
15 W Washington St., Newnan, Georgia 30263

Barely a week ago, St. Patrick’s Day storms hit Alabama around Tuscaloosa and Selma where we have been helping homeowners ever since. We have a total of four disaster relief bases in Alabama at this time.

Please continue to pray for these hurting communities in Alabama and Georgia and for our staff and volunteers as we respond. This article was updated March 27.

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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