Samaritan’s Purse Deploys Team to Help Families Impacted by Destructive Ice Storm

Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief teams have set up a base of operations in the Putnam County town of Monterey, Tennessee, to help victims of an ice storm that snapped trees and power lines, blocked roads and damaged homes.

“Our staff was deployed to the area immediately following the storm,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “One of our Disaster Relief Units has now reached the storm-affected area, and we’re ready to start helping devastated homeowners in Jesus’ Name.”

The Disaster Relief Units are tractor-trailers stocked with chainsaws, heavy-duty plastic tarps, generators, and other tools and supplies to help local residents in Putnam County clean up damage. Samaritan’s Purse also expects to help storm victims in Cumberland and Fentress counties. The organization’s disaster relief team has set up a base of operations at First Baptist Church of Monterey (106 N. Chestnut Street).

Volunteers are a critical need as Samaritan’s Purse works to assist homeowners by cutting up and removing downed and damaged trees, and clearing debris. To learn more about how you can help with this effort, go to Donations to help support the relief efforts can be made at

Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that has helped more than 29,000 families in 35 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms. Last year when the country was plagued by tornadoes, Samaritan’s Purse provided aid to storm victims impacted by twisters that swept through the central and southern U.S., including Arkansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Kansas and Alabama. The organization also helped flood victims in Florida.