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Homes destroyed, lives were turned upside down after Hurricane Michael lashed Florida panhandle and southeastern U.S.

Samaritan's Purse teams are responding to needs following this monstrous Category 4 storm.


Samaritan’s Purse is positioning staff and equipment to respond to Hurricane Michael, which made landfall as a monstrous Category 4 storm. Michael pounded the Gulf Coast with winds of 250 km/hour, then left a path of destruction through several other southeastern states. Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate the area. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 counties.

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is winding down our recent recovery assistance to Ottawa-Gatineau tornado victims, and is now preparing to send staff down to help along the U.S. Gulf Coast and in Albany, Ga., where Michael also landed. One of our specially equipped Disaster Relief Units is also on standby if needed. We are already communicating with church partners hit by the storm.

The hurricane roared ashore near Panama City, Florida, and moved rapidly to the northeast, through Alabama, Georgia, South and North Carolina. Michael was the third-most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. mainland. The storm was being blamed for at least two deaths.

The day after making landfall, more than 700,000 homes and businesses in the southeast U.S. were without electricity. It then hit North Carolina and South Carolina with heavy downpours and the threat of tornadoes.

Samaritan’s Purse may be seeking Canadians to serve as clean-up volunteers. If you would like to be notified of volunteer opportunities if we deploy, please sign up here.

“Even as our teams work hard to help those affected by Hurricane Florence, our eyes are on the Gulf Coast,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “Michael is the worst hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle in the last 150 years. We are praying for everyone in its path and preparing to help in Jesus’ name after the storm passes.”

The hurricane roared ashore near Panama City, Florida, and moved rapidly to the northeast, through parts of Alabama, Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Virginia, where people are still reeling from damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

Last year, Samaritan’s Purse Canada staff and volunteers helped U.S. victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma with much-needed clean-up. Please continue praying for those hurt by the storm, and for our teams as they serve.

You can also make a donation by phone or mail:
Phone: 1-800-663-6500 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain time)

Mail: Samaritan’s Purse Canada, 20 Hopewell Way NE
Calgary, Alberta, T3J 5H5