Samaritan’s Purse Sends Disaster Response Teams to Alabama After Deadly Tornadoes (Press Release)

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."


  • 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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About Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief organization that has helped more than 43,000 families in 37 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms. The organization is currently responding in California after the Camp Fire and in Florida following Hurricane Michael.