Hurricane Dorian: Atlantic Canada Response

Help Hurricane Dorian Victims in Atlantic Canada

UPDATED Oct. 16, 2019

“Some of our people are really suffering because there is a lot of devastation” – Rowan Caseley, mayor of Kensington, PEI

Samaritan’s Purse supported relief efforts in Prince Edward Island. 138 volunteers served with Samaritans Purse to help 126 homeowners.

After Hurricane Dorian left a disastrous trail through the Bahamas, it made its way north to Atlantic Canada. In PEI, its strong winds tore off roofs, broke windows, flattened fences, and
toppled massive, century-old trees that sometimes fell on homes, cars, and other property.

Dorian’s victims in PEI are trying to cope with the damage to their homes while still being traumatized by the sound and power of Dorian’s ferocious winds.

Some of PEI’s hardest-hit communities include Summerside, Kensington, and Cavendish in the island’s central region. Our volunteer teams helped tarp roofs, cut tree limbs, stacked timber, removed debris, and provided other practical aid.

“We invited Samaritan’s purse into the area to assist our people, and we’re thankful they are here,” said Rowan Caseley, Kensington’s mayor. “Some of our people are really suffering because there is a lot of devastation. Anything people can do to help us through their Samaritan’s Purse donations and volunteering will be greatly appreciated.”

Work in Summerside, PEI continues with volunteers removing downed trees.

Our sister organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, also sent specially trained Rapid Response Team chaplains to PEI to provide emotional and spiritual support to Dorian victims and first-responders.

“Many people here are facing a lot of turmoil,” Caseley said. “The chaplains can play an important role in helping them.”

“Communities in PEI have been hit very hard by Hurricane Dorian, and we will be there to help them,” said Brent Davis, Samaritan’s Purse’s Canadian ministries project director. “We’re partnering with churches, municipal officials, and other non-government partners to provide a coordinated response.”

Please pray for the thousands of people in The Bahamas who have already lost so much from Hurricane Dorian. Pray also for our staff and volunteer teams there, as they work around the clock to bring relief and to share the hope of the Gospel.