The American Red Cross, Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, Austin Disaster Relief Network and many others teamed up to open a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for families impacted by the Hidden Pines fire in Bastrop County. At the resource center located in Smithville, Texas, people sat down one-on-one with Red Cross workers to begin their recovery process, plus met with other relief organizations offering recovery assistance.
The fire claimed more than 60 homes and burned more than 4,500 acres in Bastrop County, a community still recovering from devastating losses after the largest wildfire in Texas state history impacted thousands of homes in 2011.
The Red Cross also distributed clean up supplies, such as shovels, sifters, gloves, masks, food and water at Grace Lutheran Church in Smithville.
Recovering from a disaster can be a confusing process and it’s not always easy for people to find the help they need. The resource center and nearby distribution site are designed to bring together many relief agencies in one convenient location to provide support.
HOW YOU CAN HELP People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to wildfires and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.