Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Unit Arrives in Kentucky to Help Flood Victims
Volunteers will Join the Organization’s Disaster Relief Specialists, Providing Aid to People in Hard-Hit Johnson County
A specially equipped Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief unit arrived Thursday night in Johnson County, Kentucky, stocked with supplies to help people impacted by devastating floods in the area. The North Carolina-based international Christian relief organization has deployed a team of disaster response specialists that will work with volunteers to help flood victims in Staffordsville, Flat Gap and Redbush.
Initial reports estimate 150 homes were destroyed or suffered significant damage, with as many as 500 homes impacted in some way by the flooding.
“Floods like this are devastating to families, and we want to help them get back in their homes quickly,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “The people of Johnson County need our help and our prayers.”
Utilizing its network of volunteers, Samaritan’s Purse teams will clean mud out of flooded houses and remove waterlogged belongings. They will also tear out damaged drywall, insulation and flooring, and spray for mold so families can begin to rebuild their lives. The Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief unit is a tractor-trailer stocked with heavy-duty tarps, generators, and other tools and supplies for the cleanup efforts. This unit will serve as the command center and will be based at Tom’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church in Nippa, Kentucky.
- Kenny Adcock, program manager for Samaritan’s Purse, who is on the ground in Johnson County and managing the organization’s response, is available for Skype or phone interviews
- Tim Haas, manager of U.S. Disaster Relief for Samaritan’s Purse, who is coordinating relief efforts from the organization’s North Carolina headquarters
Since 1998, Samaritan’s Purse has helped more than 29,000 families in 35 U.S. states following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and ice storms. Earlier this year the organization’s U.S. disaster team responded to the massive flooding in Texas and also provided aid to victims of the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and ice storms in Tennessee.