The explosion of a fertilizer plant, that's located east of I-35 in West, happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday (4/17) and registered a magnitude 2.1 earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. West is located about 20 miles north of Waco, and 120 miles north of Austin. Unfortunately there are fatalities and over 160 injured. Many homes and buildings are extremely damaged/demolished. West Texas can use any help you can provide.
President Expands Emergency Declaration for Texas to Include Assistance to Individuals. Call 1-800-621-3362... Click here!
*Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Scott & White holding blood drives around Central Texas to help out the folks in West Texas! Click here to find one near you!
For information on family and loved ones in West, there is an emergency hotline set up: 254-202-1100.
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*Your local HEBs & Randalls have teamed up w/ Red Cross Disaster Relief and you can make donations at the registers!
*Send checks or money orders to:
Point West Bank
P.O. Box 279 , West TX 76691
Attention: Victims of West Fertilization Tragedy
For family inquiries about patients at Scott & White call (888) 394-4947
Family inquiries about patients at Providence Health Center (254) 761-7200
The need for blood is critical. O positive and negative are a big types in need, but any types will be taken and will be needed for the next 2 weeks! They are also in need of platelet donors.
Here are some places you can give blood!
4/18: The Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas asked that you call to make an appointment (512) 206-1266 Low: Type O Negative, AB Negative Plasma & Positive Plasma
-Central Texas American Red Cross Randalls & American Red Cross Disaster Relief are taking donations at the registers. You can donate any amount you like!
-Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas
-Carter Blood Care
-Click here for more 411 on donating blood and center locations around Texas!
How to help the animals in West
Check with the Humane Society of Central Texas, the shelter in Waco. There are some long-term animals there that will be at risk of euthanization as the shelter takes in displaced pets from the disaster in West. If you can foster temporarily, they will be able to tell you how you can help.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
The Austin Disaster Relief Network is receiving donations for survivors. To make a tax-deductible gift go to www.adrntx.org and follow the link on the homepage under Current News. If mailing donation, please send to: Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), P.O. Box 3817, Cedar Park, Texas 78630, Attn: West Texas Fund
Here's a list of shelters that are open around the area to help folks who are suffereing from the deadly explosion of the fertilizer plant.
- Central United Methodist Church
- Texas State Technical State College in Waco
- Blair's Cove Apartment in Waco
- Gholson ISD
- Gholson Baptist Church
- Latham Springs Inn
- Aquilla ISD
- Alliance Auto Auction on I-35
- Sykora Family Ford in West
- Abbot Community Center
- La Vega Veterinary Clinic- taking in small animals for the night
- Pharmacy at H-E-B store on Woodway is open
- The Home Depot in Bellmead has reopened for anyone needing to buy supplies.
- Organizations taking donations or items (clothing, blankets, etc.) for victims:
- Scott and White Blood and Donation Center- taking blood donations overnight
- Point West Bank - drop off or send to 200 West Oak Street, West 76691