Samaritan’s Purse Sends Disaster Response Teams to Alabama After Deadly Tornadoes

BOONE, N.C., March 4, 2019

Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization, has deployed staff, volunteers and a tractor-trailer stocked with tools and supplies to tornado-ravaged Alabama. The powerful storm spawned multiple twisters, killing at least 23 people and leveling entire neighborhoods. It is one of the deadliest storms to strike Alabama in years.

The North Carolina-based relief organization is calling on volunteers from across the country to help residents devastated by these tornadoes. Teams of volunteers will clear debris, remove downed trees, tarp roofs and search for personal belongings.

“Alabama families are hurting and in need this morning after these deadly and destructive tornadoes” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. “We are on the ground providing all the help we can while reminding families that there is still hope. Please pray for families impacted and for first responders who continue to search for people who are still missing”

Interview Opportunities

  • Bruce Poss, director of North American Ministries for Samaritan's Purse, on the ground in Lee County, Alabama
  • Edward Graham, on the ground in Lee County, Alabama, with Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief teams
  • Todd Taylor, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan's Purse

On-Site Media Contact

Alyssa Benson, 828.266.5029

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team will work alongside Samaritan's Purse to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement to storm victims.

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Based in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan's Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Led by President and CEO Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, visit