Just FYI, Samaritan’s Purse is already working in the areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.
August 31, 2005
Two Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief Units have reached Alabama and are assessing where best to work to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The units initially will be based in Mobile and work westward into Mississippi and Louisiana as conditions permit.
Samaritan’s Purse is working with local churches and mobilizing hundreds of volunteer workers to help repair as many homes as possible. Two tractor-trailers loaded with emergency supplies and equipment will provide crews with chain saws and heavy equipment to remove fallen trees from houses and streets. Other teams will cover damaged roofs with weatherproof plastic. Generators can provide emergency electricity for the sick or elderly. Flooded houses can be pumped dry and cleaned of debris.
Needs are great throughout the region in the aftermath of Katrina, which slammed into the Gulf Coast with 145-mph winds and torrential rain early Monday morning. The hurricane was one of the most destructive storms in U.S. history. Officials said the death toll had reached at least 110 in Mississippi, and could go a lot higher. Louisiana officials said many were feared dead there, too. Across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, more than 1 million residents remained without electricity, some without clean drinking water.
Samaritan’s Purse focuses on helping the neediest, particularly the poor and elderly. The Disaster Relief Units work in partnership with local churches to ensure that spiritual needs are met, too. Teams pray with residents and present them with a Bible when the work is completed.
We have developed networks of skilled volunteers through years of disaster relief work across the United States. Over the past seven years, thousands of workers have helped us repair 3,300 houses in 14 states. Last year, we helped replace or repair 1,528 houses in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina that were hit by Hurricanes Charley, Ivan, Frances, and Jeanne.