UK Disaster Relief

UK Disaster Relief

Your church ready to respond when a local disaster strikes

Natural disasters can hit with little or no warning. In a matter of minutes, the unforgiving power of nature’s fiercest storms can devastate homes, rob people of their most cherished belongings and turn lives upside down.

The Need

In recent years the UK has been hit by a number of extreme flood events in Somerset, Cumbria, Yorkshire and elsewhere resulting in over 16,000 homes being damaged. For many the experience is overwhelming!


Experts believe that climate change will increase the frequency of flooding and landslides, whilst increasing urbanisation and building on flood plains has exacerbated the issues. The Environment Agency estimates that one in six homes in England are at some risk of flooding.

When floods, landslides, or other natural disasters devastate homes across the United Kingdom, local resources cannot always meet all the needs.

Our Response

Samaritan’s Purse volunteers are on the ground within hours. Our focus when we arrive on the scene is to provide immediate relief in partnership with local churches and local authorities, especially to those who are uninsured, underinsured, disabled, elderly, and others who need it most.

'I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears'
(Psalm 34:4, NKJV).

Become a Lighthouse Church

A Lighthouse Church partners with Samaritan’s Purse and is trained and supported to be ready to respond when a disaster strikes.

In the days following a disaster, the church will share information about the community and reach out to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support where most needed.

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Volunteers in the UK serve with Samaritan’s Purse as the hands and feet of Christ. Whether or not they have formal training, Christians of all skill levels and ages serve a vital role as we work compassionately and capably to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people in despair.

I would like to be involved


We partner with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) whose Rapid Response Team Chaplains minister to local people in the aftermath of a disaster.

The Sharing Hope In Crisis course that the BGEA run, trains volunteers to provide the appropriate emotional and spiritual care to people experiencing crisis in everyday situations.

Samaritan’s Purse has over 40 years’ experience worldwide of responding to natural disasters helping in Jesus’ Name.

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