By Faith Davies, eHow Contributor
After a house fire, it is common for people to feel hopeless and not know where to turn. Fortunately, there are many organizations and agencies in South Dakota, who are equipped to help victims of house fires.
The Red Cross
Contacting the Red Cross is an important first step in receiving help after a fire. With offices located across the United States, the Red Cross is prepared to help victims find shelter and supplies. It helps people in trouble begin to rebuild their lives.
The home owner’s insurance company that insures the damaged home is another resource for help. Having dealt with other families in similar situations, the representatives are able to advise and help on the road to recovery by processing the claim for the damage.
After surviving a house fire, family members may need counseling to recover from the experience. Nonprofit crisis counseling centers are available for free in most areas, and those with health insurance may be able to receive private counseling for only a small cost.
The local chapter of the Salvation Army is a good place to turn for clothing and other donated goods in the time immediately following a fire.
Department of Social Services
A phone call to the Department of Social Services for the county where the house fire occurred is also a good step. The Department can advise the family of any available assistance money or relief funds available through the county or state.
Church groups, civic organizations and service organizations are all resources for obtaining additional assistance.