Destructive wildfires have taken their toll across the state of Texas. Far and wide, the fires have scorched thousands of acres and forced the evacuations of hundreds of families.
In North Texas, Red Cross teams spent the day yesterday ensuring that no families had lost their homes, while also providing hydration support to area firefighters. As of this time, no families have needed Red Cross assistance in the North Texas area. Today, teams remain on standby in the event of another fire outbreak.
Further south, the picture is much more grim. The American Red Cross chapter in Austin is reporting some 300 families impacted by yesterday's fast moving fire. They have opened up three shelters with an overnight population of 250 people.
Red Cross teams remain in touch with families affected by the Possum Kingdom Lake fire and at fire scenes in East Texas.
Right now, the Red Cross is urging those who are unaffected by recent disasters to support not just Texans, but the people on the east coast as they clear debris left by Hurricane Irene, to help the folks in Louisiana as they contend with Tropical Storm Lee and to help the next unknown disaster victim. The best way to help is to make a financial contribution at www.redcrossdallas.org or to text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. Donations will be used where the need is greatest.