Red Cross Resource Center Offers Help For Wildfire Victims - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

NEWS: Oklahoma Wildfires

Red Cross Resource Center Offers Help For Wildfire Victims

Posted: Updated:
A Red Cross volunteer hands out one of the sifter boxes constructed to help fire victims find small items in the ashes. A Red Cross volunteer hands out one of the sifter boxes constructed to help fire victims find small items in the ashes.
Red Cross disaster response team members survey the remains of a Creek County home. Red Cross disaster response team members survey the remains of a Creek County home.
Remains of a Creek County home. Photo courtesy Tulsa Area Red Cross. Remains of a Creek County home. Photo courtesy Tulsa Area Red Cross.
MANNFORD, Oklahoma -

Wildfire victims can get help from the Tulsa Area Red Cross in Mannford as residents move forward in the recovery phase, according to a Red Cross Wildfire Response Update on Saturday.

The Red Cross Multi-Agency Resource Center in Mannford is open Saturday and Sunday through 7 p.m. for Creek County wildfire victims.

The resource center and Red Cross shelter are located at the First United Methodist Church, 100 East Greenwood in Mannford.

Volunteers at the resource centers assess the needs of those affected by the wildfires, and connect them with financial, insurance and mental health professionals. They also are giving out some practical tools to assist in the clean up.

"The Red Cross continues to distribute rakes, shovels, sift boxes and dust masks across the affected areas as needed," said Red Cross spokesperson Donita Quesnel.

"More than 300 comfort kits and clean-up items have been distributed to date."

8/10/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma Southern Baptist Relief Helps Out Here At Home

Residents are using sift boxes - open trays made of a wooden frame around wire mesh - to sift through ashes in hopes of finding items like jewelry. Sift boxes were made as a joint project of the Red Cross, the United Way and the Boy Scouts of America.

Statewide, the Red Cross has people in 250 overnight stays, she said. There are also shelter locations in Glencoe and Noble.

"Disaster assessment teams are working out the final numbers of homes and families affected," Quesnel said. Teams are still out in the burned areas doing damage assessments.

"Some areas are still unsafe for our teams to enter thus, the number of affected is still unconfirmed. We know that more than 300 homes across the state have been affected."

The Red Cross and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma were to hold an ice cream social for victims and volunteers from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church. The Food Bank donated Porter peaches, and Blue Bell chipped in with vanilla ice cream.

The wildfires destroyed more than 300 homes across the state. The Red Cross says what it needs most now are monetary donations.

How you can help:

Financial donations to Red Cross: www.redcross.org and click make a donation.
Text REDCROSS to 90999 for $10 donation
Call 1-800-REDCROSS

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Mobile Alerts

    Get alerts sent to your cell phone or email when watches and warnings are issued for severe weather.

  • Radars

    See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

  • Osage SkyNews 6

    When there is breaking news across the state Osage SkyNews 6 can be first on the scene.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.