Relief Groups Step Up in Wake of Hurricane Irma’s Rampage

Hurricane IrmaRelief groups are sending volunteers and aid to areas affected by Hurricane Irma in the wake of the destruction left by the storm, which ripped through the Caribbean last week before smashing into the Florida Keys and then the peninsula on Sunday and weakening to a tropical storm late Monday.

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team said it was sending chaplains to the southeastern U.S. while Food For The Poor has been rushing aid to seven vulnerable areas in northern Haiti to help them recover.

“The poor in Haiti do not have the means to take care of themselves after a storm, and our generous donors are working with us to meet their most basic needs,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood in a September 7 press release. “Even in the midst of our own storm, God calls us to help the least of these.”

Samaritan’s Purse also said it had teams on the way to Florida to help homeowners recover from Hurricane Irma in hard-hit areas around Naples and Fort Myers. In addition, Samaritan’s Purse is sending relief supplies to hard-hit islands of the Caribbean.

“My prayers are with the many who have seen their homes and businesses devastated by Irma’s wind and water,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham in a report Monday. “They will now be facing an overwhelming clean-up.

“I pray especially for those who have lost loved ones in the storm,” he continued. “I know they would appreciate your prayers as well. Thankfully, Irma is weakening as she moves on.”

Irma’s landfall this past weekend came on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in the Houston and Corpus Christi areas of southeast Texas two weeks earlier and devastated the fourth-largest city in the nation with catastrophic, record-setting flooding. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey marked the first time in 166 years of weather records that two Category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. during the same year.

NRB member organizations including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Buckner International, Convoy Of Hope, Operation Blessing, Samaritan’s Purse, Somebody Cares, and World Vision have been helping with the rescue and relief efforts, while other member groups including American Family Association, Answers in Genesis, Focus on the Family, LifeWay Christian Resources, and more have been teaming up with relief organizations to provide disaster relief.

To support relief efforts, click on the links below for the respective NRB member organizations:

• Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Harvey & Irma:

• Buckner International


• Convoy of Hope



• Operation Blessing



• Samaritan's Purse



• Somebody Cares


• World Vision



By NRB Staff

Published: September 14, 2017


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