How to help: West,Texas recovery

Trish Webre, left, is comforted by her niece, 20-year-old Caitlin Poteet, right, while talking on the phone. Webre and her family were near Waco when the West Fertilizer Co. plant exploded.

Trish Webre, left, is comforted by her niece, 20-year-old Caitlin Poteet, right, while talking on the phone. Webre and her family were near Waco when the West Fertilizer Co. plant exploded. (Image courtesy of Waco Tribune)

Due to the overwhelming response to my last post, How to help: West, Texas, I thought I’d let y’all know how we’re doing over here in the Lone Star State.

In West, all missing persons have now been accounted for. 14 people, most of whom were first responders, were killed. Over 200 more were injured. The explosion destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, and rocked the small town to its core. But there’s good news: West is starting to recover. Residents are returning home, students are going back to school, and slowly but surely the community is beginning to heal. And there’s more good news: you’re helping.

According to the Waco Tribune:

It would seem Central Texas and countless communities linked by social media are wrapping their arms around the community of 2,800 in its time of need…

So many cases of food items, bottled water and sundries have landed on West’s doorstep that the Waco-McLennan County Emergency Management’s Office command post in West issued a statement Monday afternoon that said “no additional items are needed.”

In light of this, here’s my revised list of ways to help West:

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of this resiliant community in their time of need. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns, via either the comment section below or the form on the About page.

More on West, Texas: 

The President and First Lady will attend a memorial service for victims of the explosion at Baylor University on Thursday. A facebook group, Prayers for Victims of Waco/West TX Fertilizer Plant Disaster has been set up in support of the community

How to help: West, Texas

West, Texas: Jason Thomas sweeps up broken glass from a vacant store front in downtown West.

Jason Thomas sweeps up broken glass in downtown West. (Image from WacoTrib.com)

UPDATED 11:20am 4/19

On Wednesday evening a fertilizer plant explosion devestated the small town of West, Texas. The disaster injured hundreds, and even more are without shelter or power. Authorities have confirmed fatalities, but refuse to speculate on how many lives were lost until search and rescue operations in the many damaged and collapsed structures throughout the community are complete. At a press conference Friday morning, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that over 200 people are injured and 12 bodies have been recovered so far. Search and rescue and cleanup operations continue. The Waco Tribune website is an excellent local source of up-to-date information about this tragedy.

West is not asking for donations of supplies at this time, but requests donations of blood and financial support instead.   After many phone calls and a few hours of scouring the web, I’ve compiled this list of the best ways to help.

You can also offer assistance to individual survivors using these Google Documents:

  • Provide housing for individual displaced West residents through this Google Document
  • Provide individual offers of any kind of aid for West residents through this Google Document

I’ll update this post as new information becomes available, so check back later for additional ways to get involved.