Serving Hurting Homeowners in Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and South Carolina

May 8, 2024 • United States
Twisters ripped through Oklahoma again, leaving at least 200 homes damaged or destroyed.

Samaritan’s Purse is responding in Jesus’ Name to more tornado-ravaged communities in the Midwest and, now, flooded areas of Texas during weeks-long spate of deadly storms.

U.S. Disaster Relief

May 11 Update:

Storms continued to pound the U.S. on May 10. Straight-line winds with gusts up to 100 mph damaged homes, felled trees, and took down power in the Tallahassee, Florida, area. Samaritan’s Purse is responding and will soon be helping affected homeowners in Jesus’ Name.

A Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit packed with tools and equipment will arrive on Monday, May 13. Our host church will be Calvary Chapel Tallahassee at 8614 Mahan Drive. Volunteers may begin arriving at 12:30 p.m. on May 13.

Please keep Florida residents and others in your prayers as they begin to recover.


A weeks-long onslaught of deadly storms has left a growing wake of destruction across the central U.S. Now, more Oklahoma communities are reeling in the aftermath of powerful twisters.

Tornadoes carved a 37-mile trail of destruction from the town of Hominy to Bartlesville, ripping up an estimated 200 homes in The Sooner State, killing at least one resident and injuring many others.

The town of Barnsdall was among the hardest hit areas along the twisters’ path.

Samaritan’s Purse is coming alongside local churches to provide critical relief in Jesus’ Name to suffering homeowners. Volunteers started work May 8. Volunteers are serving Barnsdall and surrounding communities in these hard-hit areas, helping remove debris, tarp damaged roofs, and cut up fallen trees.


Volunteers will be serving the community from our base of operations in Bartlesville at host church First Wesleyan at 1776 Silver Lake Rd.

Volunteers are serving in more Oklahoma communities where twisters ripped through neighborhoods.

Volunteers are serving in more Oklahoma communities where twisters ripped through neighborhoods.

Responding in Flooded Texas

We are also responding in southeast Texas where hundreds of homes were damaged by flood waters. Unrelenting rains pummeled the Houston area, triggering deadly flash floods and overwhelming levees. At least three residents were killed.

Disaster Response Vehicles, along with other support equipment, are on their way to the area as we prepare to send out volunteers. U.S. Disaster Relief Unit #5, now positioned in Louisiana, will make its way to Texas following completion of our work this weekend in Slidell, a tornado-damaged city just north of New Orleans.


Samaritan’s Purse is working with Houston-area emergency management and area churches to determine needs and find a host location.

Volunteers are needed in Texas to aid homeowners with cleaning out mud and water from homes, removing damaged walls and flooring, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the many hurting homeowners and families.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains have also deployed to these many hurting communities across the country, providing homeowners with emotional support and the hope of Jesus Christ as they minister to men and women and comfort them with the Word of God.

Continuing to Serve

Samaritan’s Purse continues to help in Jesus’ Name following many days of powerful storms.

We maintain a deployment in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where powerful winds caused much damage. In addition, we recently completed responses in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, and in Sulphur, Oklahoma. We praise God that dozens have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through these deployments.

Join our teams at any of our current locations (Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and South Carolina) to be the hands and feet of Jesus for weary homeowners.


Pray for hurting communities impacted by this lengthy string of deadly storms. Pray for our teams and volunteers on the ground as they serve in Jesus’ Name.

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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