Samaritan's Purse Brings Relief
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria
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Samaritan’s Purse is working on Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean. Volunteers continue work in Key West and Naples, Florida.

UPDATE: After Hurricane Maria decimated Dominica on Sept. 19 and then ravaged Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, Samaritan's Purse responded by sending a disaster assistance response team (DART) and emergency supplies to each island.

Our teams are busy providing Puerto Rico with emergency and shelter supplies.

Our teams are busy providing Puerto Rico with emergency and shelter supplies.

An 18-member DART is on the ground in Puerto Rico, and our first distribution of airlifted emergency supplies occurred Sept. 27. Working in partnership with local churches, we continue distributing heavy-duty shelter plastic, blankets, and hygiene kits to thousands of families. We are also starting mobile medical clinics to help the underserved. Generators have been flown to Puerto Rico to help churches and others deal without electricity—a situation that may last for many months to come.

San Juan will continue to be the logistics hub for our multinational relief response across the Caribbean. A Samaritan's Purse team has been there for some time coordinating the Hurricane Irma response.

Hurricane victims desperately need shelter, food, and water.

Hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and other areas desperately need shelter, food, and water.

A 10-member DART is on Dominica coordinating distribution of heavy-duty shelter plastic and hygiene kits. Samaritan's Purse has also deployed six nurses to help with the island's medical needs. In addition, a four-person surgical team is also working in partnership with a local hospital. We have set up four water filtration systems to provide clean water to 11,000 people daily.

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Irma left death and destruction in its wake as the storm churned through the Caribbean. Then it swamped Florida.

"Hurricane Irma leveled islands in the Caribbean and devastated the Florida coast," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "We are taking critically needed supplies to storm survivors and coming alongside affected families. We want to meet their physical needs while showing them the love of Christ. Please pray for all those affected by this horrific storm."

"We are taking critically needed supplies to storm survivors and coming alongside affected families."—Franklin Graham

On hard-hit Barbuda we continue to support residents as they clean up and prepare to rebuild. We are helping families and churches by providing a variety of relief supplies. Based from Antigua our teams commute back and forth to Barbuda, because no one is permitted to spend the night on the island.

Families are receiving heavy duty plastic sheeting and other essentials.

Families are receiving heavy-duty plastic sheeting and other essentials.

Samaritan’s Purse started its response to Hurricane Irma on the island of St. Martin, where the storm caused widespread destruction. Our DC-8 cargo plane made multiple trips to that island to deliver relief supplies and disaster assistance response teams.

Through these airlifts—the first of which occurred on Sept. 8— we brought in water purification units, heavy-duty shelter plastic, family hygiene kits, and blankets for thousands of families. We also flew in 30 tons of food to help residents and installed equipment to convert seawater into clean drinking water. Our mission on St. Martin was completed Sept. 29.

On Turks and Caicos we trained local churches to distribute emergency supplies and share the Gospel. Read more about our now completed work.

Many homes were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Many homes were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“We want to make a difference here in Jesus’ Name,” Graham said while on the island. “This part of the world is going to need a lot of help, and a lot of work. We’re going to have teams down here for months to come.”

In Florida, our U.S. Disaster Relief staff and volunteers are hard at work, partnering with churches in the hard-hit areas of Key West and Naples. Our volunteers are chainsawing trees, removing debris, and tarping roofs. We will perform mud-outs in the days ahead as the waters recede. We have completed work in Apopka, north of Orlando, and in Ft. Myers.

URGENT: If you're a Florida homeowner in need because of Hurricane Irma, please see our list of contact phone numbers. If you would like to volunteer with Samaritan's Purse in Florida, please go to our Volunteer Network to sign up and get the latest information.

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One of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storms in recorded history, Irma made its first landfall Sept. 6, lashing the eastern Leeward Islands as a Category 5 storm. Its 185-mph winds decimated Antigua and obliterated 60 to 90 percent of the buildings on the island of Barbuda. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Barbuda, said the island is "literally rubble."

After ripping up St. Martin, heavy rains and a powerful storm surge lashed Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Throughout the Caribbean, Irma caused more than three dozen deaths according to the latest reports.

On September 10, Florida felt Irma’s fury, including 105-to 130-mph winds, heavy rains, and major storm surge. The storm first hit the U.S. as a Category 4 monster in the Keys and then made a second landfall at Marco Island. Almost the entire state was affected in some way, with the southwestern coast getting the worst of it.

This is the first time that two Category 4 storms (Harvey and Irma) have made U.S. landfall in the same year.

In addition to our national and international response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we continue to serve Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas in the Name of Jesus Christ.

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