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Responding To Hurricane Sandy

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Helicopter Assessment of Sandy Debris

Samaritan’s Purse is helping in New Jersey and New York in the aftermath of the enormous superstorm that wreaked havoc throughout the northeast.

Samaritan's Purse is helping victims of Hurricane Sandy at three locations in New Jersey and in one in New York. We have established bases in Atlantic, Bergen, and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, as well as Nassau County in New York where homes were hard hit by the superstorm.

"These people are just devastated and need help," Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham said.

People still reeling from Sandy were dealt another blow on Wednesday when a nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey with rain and wet snow, causing yet more misery for thousands of people still trying to recover from from the hurricane. The new storm brought down tree limbs and electrical wires, and utility companies reported that some customers who lost power because of Sandy lost it all over again as a result of the nor'easter.

Samaritan's Purse is committed to helping people impacted by both storms from our bases at Linwood Community Church in Linwood, New Jersey; Vineyard Church in Teterboro; The Church of Grace and Peace in Toms River; and Vineyard Church in Nassau County, New York.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Samaritan's Purse is asking for volunteers as we respond to Hurricane Sandy.

DIGGING OUT FROM SANDY: New Jersey residents are faced with the unenviable task of recovering from the devastating superstorm.

Within days of Sandy's landfall, volunteers were out in storm-damaged neighborhoods, bringing help and comfort to people impacted by the massive storm.

“We’re reaching out to the homeowners who’ve been so devastated by this disaster,” said Tony McNeil, program manager at our base in Atlantic County. “We want to them to know that God loves them and He hasn’t forgotten them. We’re here to remind them of that.”

Our main priority is finding homeowners that we can help in their time of need, with a focus on low-lying, low-income areas. Most of the work will likely be tree removal and mud-outs.

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are also in New Jersey and New York, helping assess, finding people in need, and providing spiritual comfort.

"Our prayers are with the families that are the victims of this great storm, and especially our condolences to the families that have lost loved ones," Graham said. "I want those who are still in the middle of this storm to know that a lot of people are praying."

Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey on Oct. 29 as a deadly superstorm, bringing 90-mph winds and a roiling wall of seawater as it moved inland and causing widespread flooding in the New York metropolitan area. It was 900 miles wide as it approached, with hurricane-force winds extending 175 miles from the epicenter and tropical-force winds going out for 520 miles, potentially making it one of the biggest storms to ever hit the East Coast.

The hurricane collided with a winter storm and a cold front, making it a devastating hybrid that brought overwhelming flooding and damaging winds to some areas, and up to three feet of snow in others.

At least 110 people are reported to have been killed in the dozen-plus states affected by the monster weather system.

Samaritan's Purse responds to major storms throughout the United States by deploying Disaster Relief Units--tractor-trailers stocked with tools and equipment from our North Carolina headquarters. Our volunteers help homeowners by tarping wind-damaged roofs, removing unsalvageable belongings and cleaning out debris and muck from flooded homes, ripping up ruined flooring and stripping damaged sheetrock from walls, and spraying the exposed studs with a solution that kills mold. The works saves homeowners thousands of dollars and gives them a chance to rebuild.

We make it clear that we work in the Name of Jesus by praying with the people we’ve helped and presenting them with a Bible signed by the volunteers who worked on their home.

Samaritan's Purse responded when Hurricane Irene lashed the East Coast last year, deploying teams to help hundreds of homeowners in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Vermont.

Please pray for God to comfort those who have lost their homes or loved ones during this storm, that God will show local churches and our teams how they can work together to help these communities while glorifying Him, and for our volunteers as they travel to the affected areas.

Re-posted with permission from Samaritan's Purse.

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