Samaritan’s Purse Sends Disaster Team to Texas Communities Devastated by Tornadoes

Disaster Relief Teams in Texas to Assess Situation and Provide Aid to Victims 

Within hours of the devastating tornado that struck communities near Forth Worth, Texas, North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse deployed a response team to begin cleanup, make emergency repairs and provide comfort to victims. 

A Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Unit traveled overnight from North Carolina to Texas. The tractor-trailer is stocked with chainsaws, heavy-duty plastic tarps, generators and other tools and supplies and will serve as the command center for disaster relief work.

Since the storm hit, staff members have been in contact with local emergency management and government officials as well as churches in the affected areas, including Granbury and Cleburne, to determine where help is needed most. Samaritan's Purse has a national network of volunteers ready to help clean debris, cut fallen trees, salvage belongings and put tarps on damaged roofs.

"Texas has had more than its share of suffering recently," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "We want to do all we can to help families who are hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually."


COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Interviews on Skype, phone or in person with Lloyd Blackwell, Samaritan's Purse program manager who is in Texas coordinating the relief efforts

  • Visit the Disaster Relief Unit and show crews working with victims

  • Interviews with volunteers

  • On-site media contact is Karina Petersen: 828.773.4666 (cell)


Samaritan's Purse has responded to several disasters in Texas, most recently following the explosion in West last month. In 2012, the organization also provided emergency relief to victims of tornadoes in Arlington and Lancaster, Texas, as well as wildfires in Bastrop, Texas.

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that has helped more than 27,000 families in 31 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms.

To volunteer with Samaritan's Purse, go to www.spvolunteernetwork.org. Donations to help victims can be made at www.samaritanspurse.org.

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