Samaritan's Purse Responds to EF3 Tornado in New Orleans

February 10, 2017 • United States

Disaster Relief deploys to serve homeowners in New Orleans East.

Samaritan’s Purse has staff, volunteers, and a disaster relief unit on the ground in New Orleans after a powerful EF3 tornado injured dozens and damaged hundreds of homes in the Crescent City on February 7.

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New Orleans East, a neighborhood in the Ninth Ward, was hardest hit by the twister. Sadly, this area is still recovering after being inundated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Volunteers are covering roofs with our signature heavy-duty plastic sheeting.

Volunteers are covering roofs with our signature heavy-duty plastic sheeting.

Our volunteers started work on February 9. Our base of operations is Household of Faith, located at 9300 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70127. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains are joining us in this response.

“We will be helping families pick back up after the storms destroyed so much,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham posted on his Facebook page. “As our staff and volunteers help in Jesus’ Name, we want storm victims to know that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46:1).”

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Please pray for the safety and spiritual comfort of New Orleans residents. Pray also for wisdom as we respond to yet more devastating weather this winter.

Many of our staff and volunteers are continuing recovery efforts in other storm-stricken areas of nearby Mississippi and also in southern Georgia.

Our teams are bringing comfort to homeowners dealing with the aftermath of a rare EF3 tornado in New Orleans.

Our teams are bringing comfort to homeowners dealing with the aftermath of a rare EF3 tornado in New Orleans.

Last year we helped Louisiana homeowners recover after multiple instances of severe flooding. We deployed to Bossier City, West Monroe, Lafayette, East Baton Rouge, and Ascension Parish. We continue to work in East Baton Rouge through a home rebuild project.

This is not our first time to respond in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Samaritan’s Purse mounted a multiyear disaster relief response in the city and other Gulf Coast areas. We are already rekindling relationships with churches that we worked with during the Katrina response and look forward to working with them again following this latest natural disaster. Visit SP Volunteer Network for more information on volunteering with Samaritan’s Purse.

Working on covering roofs damaged by a tornado in New Orleans--Samaritan's Purse volunteers

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are busy covering roofs blown off by a tornado that roared through New Orleans East.

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U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of 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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