Samaritan’s Purse Sending More Disaster Relief Units to Texas from Hurricane Harvey. This North Carolina based organization is deploying additional staff and supplies to the hardest hit areas.
Samaritan’s Purse Sending More Disaster Relief Units to Texas from Hurricane Harvey
Samaritan’s Purse deployed two additional Disaster Relief Units to Texas Tuesday with a third unit scheduled to move out later this week in response to the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The organization is also mobilizing an army of volunteers to help desperate Texas homeowners.
“The people of Texas are facing an unprecedented catastrophe, and they urgently need our help,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “We’re going to do all we can to help them by tarping roofs, mudding out homes and clearing debris. Most importantly, we’re going to show them the love of Christ and let them know they’re not facing this crisis alone.”
Each Disaster Relief Unit is stocked with tarps, chainsaws and other tools, and can serve as a mobile command center for the team on the ground.
Chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team are also working alongside Samaritan’s Purse to provide emotional and spiritual encouragement and support.
The First Deployment
Even before the storm hit last Friday, the organization had deployed two Disaster Relief Units to Texas to be positioned to respond immediately after the storm passed. These two are currently stationed in Victoria and Rockport, Texas, and volunteers have already begun working in Victoria. The additional units will stand by to move into Houston and the Galveston area as soon as flood waters recede.
“Hurricane Harvey is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and severe storm damage to the coast of Texas,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse before the first deplyment. “As we wait for the storm to hit, we are positioning supplies and planning to bring immediate assistance to affected families. Most importantly, we are praying for God’s protection for those in the storm’s path.”
Among that sent for relief include tool trailers, mobile kitchens and skid steers, will be pre-positioned for a rapid response. Teams of volunteers are rallying with the international Christian relief organization to work in the hardest-hit areas—preparing to tear out damaged drywall, remove flooring, tarp roofs and clear debris.
Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief has worked in Texas over the past two years responding nine times since the beginning of 2015, six of those involving floods. During those six deployments—including two in the Houston area last year—4,997 volunteers assisted 624 families.
Press Release from DeMoss & Samaritan’s Purse.