Samaritan’s Purse mobilises staff, equipment and volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of natural disasters in the UK. We respond in tangible ways to help families devastated by disaster rebuild their lives.
Natural disasters can strike at any time, critically affecting unsuspecting families. in the run-up to Christmas 2015, flooding devastated large parts of Cumbria, and during the winter of 2013/14, torrential rainfall and flooding severely affected communities in southwest England.
Together with local churches, volunteer teams were able to express countless acts of compassion, helping families who were traumatised by the disaster. Where water had come into homes ruining carpet, furniture and walls, volunteers cleared out the damaged items and retrieved what could be salvaged.
You can read more about our work around the UK below:
Cumbria flooding 2015
Following the extensive flooding brought about through Storm Desmond in Cumbria on 5 December, Ian Macleod, Head of UK Disaster Relief, is working alongside Sandylands Methodist Church in Kendal. In the immediate area, some 134 homes have been flooded and a significant number are without contents insurance. The team are doing a fantastic job of being available and reaching out to needs as they become known, despite having significant flood damage themselves.
There are uncertain days ahead as the consequences of the destruction become clear and we will stand with this church for as long as we are able.
After one task where we assisted in relocating a young mother and her children from their uninhabitable home to a temporary hostel, Ian Macleod observed, “The day showed the reality of disruption on individuals and with the church in the thick of supporting their community, God’s love is being clearly demonstrated. The sense is growing that the deeper needs will become apparent after Christmas for those without family nearby and in financial difficulties.”
Ian continued, “This is a complex situation with widespread flooding across the county with individuals, families, homes, businesses and tourism being impacted. We will be available to support the local church as they work to meet the practical and emotional needs of those affected by the flooding.”
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Response to Somerset flooding, March 2014
Discover more about our UK Disaster Relief programme by downloading our brochure.
Responding through the Local Church
After a disaster strikes, we have found that working with the local church to set up a disaster relief site creates the best environment for delivering intentional and immediate assistance. We call the churches we partner with in disaster relief, Lighthouse Churches.
A Lighthouse Church helps coordinate a place for out-of-area volunteers to sleep and eat their meals, and is the facility where orientation for new volunteers is held. With the help of Samaritan’s Purse’s resources, experience, and volunteer teams, you can make your church a Lighthouse of refuge in the storm of disaster and be there for people as time moves on.
Samaritan’s Purse UK Disaster Relief depends on volunteers to help bring physical help and spiritual comfort to those affected by disaster. In order to help families rebuild their lives, we need people to help with clearing gardens, cleaning and doing initial recovery work on damaged homes, listening and valuing peoples stories and simply being there for them.
When you sign up as a volunteer, you will receive the latest information about our UK disaster reslief. If we have volunteers ready to serve in the event of a disaster, then we can be more effective in getting help to affected communities.
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Your Support Matters
Please pray for the victims of disasters and for the staff and volunteers of Samaritan’s Purse as they prepare to respond quickly, effectively and compassionately.
To best respond at a moment’s notice, we need to be equipped with the necessary equipment and supplies to bring immediate assistance. Your donation can equip Samaritan’s Purse to respond quickly to disasters with physical, emotional, and spiritual aid.