City of Tyler on standby as Ike nears

We have learned that the city of Beaumont will not call for a mandatory evacuation, so the city of Tyler will not activate shelters unless the situation changes.

The city of Longview is also not anticipating any evacuees at this time.

But President Bush has declared a state of emergency for Texas, which clears the way for federal aid to bolster state and local response efforts.

FEMA is gathering supplies like meals ready-to-eat, water, cots and blankets to be sent to affected areas.

The National Guard is poised to deploy nearly 40,000 troops, and the Red Cross is ready to help shelter residents in the path of Ike.