POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:03pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:05pm
Tyler, TX — The Red Cross has been working around the clock, collecting and distributing supplies to support firefighters out in the area battling blazes. The orgnization has also been on standby to provide shelters for evacuees.
As East Texans begin to return to their homes, the Red Cross is prepared to provide immediate releif for those whose homes were damaged. Volunteers can deliver food and water to houses with no electrical service. They can also provide clean-up kits as people begin to assess property damages. The Red Cross works with disaster victims on a case by case basis to help them assess damages and needs. The agency can also provide financial and legal assistance. If you need assistance, call the Red Cross at 903-581-7981.
The Red Cross has a rich online resource  for steps to take in reovering from a disaster, including safe and thorough ways to assess damage to property and utilities.
The Red Cross also suggests that those who want to help should consider giving financial support. Learn more about giving through online donations at www.redcross.org .