N.C. Mountain Site Becomes Makeshift Disaster Zone

Samaritan's Purse Holds Simulation—Training for the Future Catastrophes

In a year when Samaritan's Purse has responded to tornadoes, floods, a hurricane, and an earthquake and tsunami, being prepared to respond quickly and effectively is critical. That's why next week the international Christian relief organization will stage a major "disaster zone" in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone.

Starting Sept. 22, Samaritan's Purse will spend 72 hours simulating a large-scale international disaster involving more than 250 people. To make the simulation as realistic as possible, participants will be camping in a field, getting very little sleep, preparing and eating food the same way it is handled in disaster zones—and will be responding to "emergencies" based on decades of Samaritan's Purse's disaster relief experience.

Staff and volunteers will take on a variety of roles including disaster response workers, technical monitors and facilitators, observers, support staff and even victims. They will be faced with the same challenges of a natural disaster—from determining how to effectively provide clean water, coordinate food distributions and treat common post-disaster diseases such as cholera—to test, evaluate and improve the organization's disaster response systems, all in an effort to help more people and save more lives.


  • Follow teams on-site and speak with participants as they are faced with the same challenges of a natural disaster.

  • Interview simulation facilitator, Ken Isaacs who has 20+ years of experience in disaster relief

  • High-res photos and raw b-roll footage of the simulation will be available upon request.

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief organization, based in Boone, North Carolina, that responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan's Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the Name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution.