Disaster Update: West, Texas

WEST, TEXAS, April 24, 2013 —The American Red Cross has launched new services at the Joint Assistance Center located at the Old KC Hall (2547 Jerry Mashek Rd.) in West, Texas. Families who have been impacted by the fertilizer plant explosion can now meet one-on-one with Red Cross caseworkers to aid recovery. 

Red Cross caseworkers can help provide access to resources and tools to support people’s short and long term recovery needs. This could include help with referrals and registration for community programs, help with mental health needs, recovery planning, and in some cases help to replace essential items like prescription eyeglasses or medications, or secure long-term housing.

Some 30 other agencies and organizations are also present at the Joint Assistance Center to help families with their specific needs. Families are encouraged to visit the Center between 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Monday-Friday.

To date, the American Red Cross has served nearly 9,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 8,900 relief items such as work gloves, shovels, rakes, first aid supplies and more. A total of 267 Red Cross workers have been in the area since the explosion to help families with their recovery. Anyone needing Red Cross assistance is urged to stop by the Joint Assistance Center this week. 

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