U.S. Disaster Relief

Overview

  • The Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief team maintains a constant state of readiness—monitoring weather conditions and emerging natural threats around the nation in order to respond at a moment’s notice to help victims of natural disasters.

  • Samaritan’s Purse’s U.S.-focused relief efforts are based in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, some 30 miles east of the organization’s main headquarters in Boone. Staff members in North Wilkesboro and volunteers at the organization’s West Coast Ministry Center, which opened in late 2018 in Fullerton, California, maintain a fleet of disaster response vehicles, including seven tractor-trailers—known as Disaster Relief Units—stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators, chain-saws and other tools to aid in cleanup efforts. These Disaster Relief Units, which each include a small, built-in office space, also serve as local command centers for Samaritan’s Purse recovery efforts.

Deployments

  • In disaster areas, Samaritan’s Purse always partners with a local church, where it sets up a command center, mobilizes volunteers and serves the community in need.

  • Once on the ground, Samaritan’s Purse assessment teams begin canvassing hard-hit neighborhoods and talking with victims to let them know help is available.

  • Samaritan’s Purse and its army of volunteers help families recover after a catastrophe. Depending on the nature of a disaster, volunteers may tear out damaged drywall, remove flooring, put tarps on damaged roofs, remove debris and help homeowners salvage personal belongings.

  • Disaster relief teams are made up of staff and volunteers. Many of the volunteers have received classroom and hands-on training, and travel all across the U.S. with Samaritan’s Purse to help homeowners impacted by natural disasters.

  • Since 1998, Samaritan’s Purse has responded to 223 domestic disasters in 37 states, helping more than 43,000 families.

  • In 2018, 16,932 volunteers served more than 487,115 hours with Samaritan’s Purse, helping some 4,500 U.S. families recover from disasters.

  • Samaritan’s Purse responded to 18 disasters in 12 states in 2018, including tornadoes in Iowa, flooding in Texas and Hawaii, wildfires in California and hurricanes in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Multimedia Resources

High-resolution, downloadable photos: Media Resources in the Photos section under U.S. Disaster Relief

Broadcast-quality, downloadable b-roll: Media Resources in the Videos & B-roll section under U.S. Disaster Relief

Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization working in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.