Category Archives: Disaster Relief
Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters in the United States. Headquartered in Boone, NC, the group also often stays behind on the scene after their initial response to rebuild or restore houses for needy families.
To better take care of its volunteers, the group has turned to Featherlite Specialty Trailers many times since Featherlite first built custom work tool-carrying trailers for Samaritan’s Purse in 2011.
Read more about their Featherlite specialty trailers on our website.
Billy Graham Rapid Response Team
The three 40-ft. custom trucks the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team deploys to disaster and emergency scenes across America have their purpose printed on the side: Sharing HOPE in Crisis.
Whether a natural disaster (tornado, hurricane, flood, etc.) or manmade crisis (mass shooting, terrorist attack, civil unrest, etc.) is involved, the mission remains the same: Provide a comfortable chair, a cup of coffee or water and a prayer for firefighters, EMTs, police and others — an oasis amidst chaos, stress and long hours.
Featherlite Trailers built the custom truck bodies to help Charlotte, NC-based Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) meet those needs, wherever a crisis may take them.
“We typically will try to locate them as close to the hot zone or the center of where an incident happened as possible — whether it’s in Alabama, California or any of the other 20-plus states we’ve been to,” said Jack Munday, International Director, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “It establishes, one, a ministry of presence for the rapid response team, and two, it facilitates the gathering, whether it’s local people coming in for prayer. It’s a place for law enforcement when it’s cold to come in and take a break with a cup of coffee. In the summer, it’s kind of a respite for first responders.”
Mark Ackley, Featherlite segment sales manager, said: “Through a great team effort between Featherlite engineers, and RRT leadership, we created units that can accommodate a lot of different situations and needs.”
The front door on the passenger side of the vehicle comes into a larger room in the front. It has bench seats on both sides where slideouts are, opposite of one another, plus a 24-inch wide table down the center that’s permanently fixed to the floor and surrounded by comfortable chairs on rollers. The unit also includes a TV monitor, galley area, bathroom and a counter workspace.
For more information on how to put a custom Featherlite specialty trailer to work for your company or organization, call Featherlite Specialty Sales at 800-800-1230 or contact us via featherlitespecialty.com.
Samaritan’s Purse Trailers
Featherlite has built several trailers for Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, over the years, including these new trailers. They allow staff a place to sleep and shower while managing volunteers on site when responding to disasters.
Samaritan’s Purse shower trailer
Check out this Featherlite shower trailer recently completed for Samaritan’s Purse, an organization that provides relief and aid to those affected by natural disasters. It features several shower stalls and a laundry room. The trailer will be used by volunteers to shower and do laundry in while on site at disasters.
We built this multi-purpose command center late last year for Samaritan’s Purse. The trailer is shown on site during disaster relief efforts following the tornado outbreak in the U.S. this spring.