Looking to help with Harvey relief efforts? Here's how to volunteer

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - As floodwaters recede, Houston officials have started turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for people to fill up cars.

Authorities on Thursday increased the toll of Harvey-related deaths to 39, and the Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and nearly 7,000 were destroyed.

About 325,000 people has already sought federal emergency aid, and FEMA officials said more than $57 million in individual assistance has been paid out thus far.

The greatest threat of damage shifted in recent days to a region near the Texas-Louisiana line. The city of Beaumont, Texas, lost water service when its main pump station was overwhelmed by the swollen Neches River.

The American Red Cross is working to help those people in the flood-ravaged communities in the south. The organization is looking for volunteers.

"It's kind of an "all hands on deck" situation at this point," Rachel Hepner-Zawodny, executive director of the Red Cross of Northwest Ohio, said.

You can attend a free information Red Cross Disaster Services Orientation Saturday (Sept. 2) morning. It's at the American Red Cross office at 1111 Research Dr. in Toledo. The building is located on the University of Toledo Health Sciences campus, next to the VA (enter from S. Detroit).

The Red Cross says, "Our disaster response efforts are just getting started in Texas and Louisiana. With thousands of Red Crossers already on the ground working - more than 50 from right here - we'll need thousands more in the days and weeks to come. We have received an outpouring of support from our community already and for that, we are so grateful."