Relief Experts Work in Moore and Shawnee, Okla., Providing Aid to Storm Victims

Samaritan's Purse Sets Up Command Centers and Prepares Volunteer Teams to Deploy into Hard-Hit areas

As twisters ripped apart communities near Oklahoma City, Samaritan's Purse immediately began mobilizing disaster relief experts and resources to send to the area. The international Christian relief organization is providing emergency assistance as well as cleaning and repairing damaged homes.

Two Disaster Relief Units deployed before dawn on Tuesday from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and arrived in Oklahoma Wednesday morning. These tractor-trailers are stocked with heavy-duty plastic, chainsaws, generators, and other tools and equipment to be used in the organization's relief efforts.. The units also will serve as command centers for the response.

"Our prayers are with all of those who are suffering because of this massive storm," said Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham. "We are going to stand by them and do everything we can to help them recover physically, emotionally and spiritually."

Samaritan's Purse also provided relief in Moore, Oklahoma, after a tornado destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the area in 1999.


  • Interviews via Skype, phone or in person with Samaritan's Purse U.S. disaster relief experts

  • On-site media contact in Oklahoma is Karina Petersen: 828.773.4666


  • Donations to help victims can be made via phone: 1-800-528-1980, by texting "SP" to 80888 to give a $10 donation (message and data rates may apply), online at, or by mail to Samaritan's Purse P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

  • Volunteers can sign up to help at

Samaritan's Purse staff and volunteers are currently on the ground in Hood County, Texas, helping survivors of a tornado that struck there on May 15. The international relief and evangelism organization has helped more than 27,000 families in 31 states in the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms.