Samaritan's Purse Responding in Idalia's Wake

August 31, 2023 • United States
Our Disaster Relief Units are on the move.

After the hurricane roared through, we have deployed to two locations in Florida. Volunteer teams will be helping homeowners in Jesus' Name this weekend and beyond.

U.S. Disaster Relief

Aug. 31 Update

Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida early on Wednesday, Aug. 30, as a strong Category 3 storm with winds of 125 mph. Idalia roared through the Sunshine State’s Big Bend region, the most powerful storm to hit that area in more than a century.

Responding in Florida

Staff members and two Disaster Relief Units, along with support equipment, have been deployed to two locations in Florida: Taylor County and Pasco County.


In Taylor County, there was a lot of wind damage, toppling trees onto homes and yards. Our host church for this response is Calvary Baptist Church at 2959 Golf Course Road in Perry.

In Pasco County, hundreds of homes were flooded by storm surge. We will be based from Living Word Church at 5151 Rowan Road in New Port Richey.

Volunteers will begin work Friday and Saturday. Teams will serve homeowners in Jesus’ Name by cutting and clearing fallen trees, removing debris, and mucking out homes.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains will also be working in these locations providing spiritual comfort and emotional support to so many affected by this storm.

Please pray for these hurting communities as they begin to recover. Pray for our staff and volunteers as they serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.

USDR Unit #3 is pictured here departing our Wilkes Ministry Center in Western North Carolina. Disaster Relief units are prepositioning as we prepare for a hurricane response. Samaritan's Purse has a fleet of several specially-designed tractor trailers along with other disaster relief vehicles stationed throughout the U.S., ready to respond at a moment's notice.

Two Disaster Relief Units have been sent from North Carolina to Florida.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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