Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse, an organization based in Boone, hit the road Saturday doing everything from assessing the areas of damage to helping victims get back on their feet.
Todd Taylor serves as relief manager for the North Carolina-based organization. He told WRAL News volunteers are given clearance from emergency management before being able to move into the area.
“Over the next few days, we’ll be ramping up to send as many folks as we can to the work fields,” said Taylor. “We will be sending teams out to help with the initial clean-up phase: cutting trees, tarping roofs for homes that had water damage, helping people remove wet insulation and sheet rock.”
Disaster response teams deployed to Mayfield, Kentucky and Monette, Arkansas. Additional teams are also headed to Tennessee and Illinois to assess damage and help cleanup.
Taylor said it’s his mission to help impacted families recover and salvage what they can.
“It is our desire as Samaritan’s Purse to be able to be there to walk alongside these families as they start the recovery process,” said Taylor
Crews plan to be there for several days.