Gov. Rick Perry issues statement about West, Texas explosion

Texas Governor Rick Perry—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media AUSTIN—Residents of a small Texas town called West are being evacuated after an explosion occurred at the West Fertizer Plant, which is about 20 miles north of Waco.

Gov. Rick Perry immediately released the following statement regarding the incident in West, Texas:

“We are monitoring developments and gathering information as details continue to emerge about this incident. We have also mobilized state resources to help local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of West, and the first responders on the scene.”

Several patients have been injured, but the number of fatalities has not yet been released.

In Texas, we hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, and Texans can be assured that no state is more prepared than ours to handle the full spectrum of threats, including man-made and natural disasters. Our emergency response team in Texas is second to none, an effort that speaks to the dedication and abilities of our emergency planners, the courage of those who willingly head into danger while everyone else flees, and the essential generosity of our citizens.

For more information and updates regarding the West blast, contact the following:

Family Phone Lines:

* To check on injured residents admitted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
call (254) 202-1100

* For family inquiries about patients at Scott & White call (888) 394-4947

* Family inquiries about patients at Providence Health Center (254) 761-7200

* Hotline for information on victims and survivors (254) 826-4115

Blood Donations:

* Carter Blood Care Center will accept donations beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday
in Waco

* Providence Hospital will hold a blood drive between 11 am-5 pm

* Scott & White Blood Donation Center accept donations starting at 8 am

Shelter:

* First Baptist Church of Lott has room for anyone needing a place to stay.
Call (254) 829-2321

* The Aquilla ISD opened facilities for those seeking refuge. Please report to
the gym entrance.

* Blair’s Cove Apartments in Waco offering housing to any West residents
affected by the explosion at 2425 S. 21st St. (254) 447-0810

* Latham Springs Baptist Camp is open to displaced residents at 134 Private
Road 223 in Aquilla

* The Abbott gym is open to displaced residents

* Valley mills Nursing Home has rooms available for nursing home residents if
placement is needed for any of the West nursing home residents.
Call 254-932-6288.

* First Baptist Church of Gholson is open for anyone who needs a place to stay
* Gholson ISD open for those seeking shelter

* Brazos Meadows Baptist Church at 625 S. Hewitt Dr., adjacent to
Castleman Creek Elementary will be open for anyone who needs a place to stay

* Antioch Community Church at 501 North 20th Street in Waco is open to
displaced residents

* Alliance Auto Auction between Elm Mott and West on I-35 is open to anyone
needing a place to stay

* Penelope School is open for displaced residents at 309 Avenue D

* Central United Methodist Church off Bagby Avenue near Hillcrest Baptist
Medical Center is open overnight

* American Legion Post 121 in Elm Mott is open for displaced residents

* Sykora Family Ford in West has opened for residents who need a safe place
to rest

* Town Hall Estates in Hillsboro was taking in displaced residents

Medical Assistance:

* Central Texas Urgent Care clinics in Hewitt and Lacy Lakeview will remain
open all night to treat those with minor injuries

* HEB Pharmacy in the Woodway area is staying open all night to help
accommodate West residents who may be injured and need prescriptions filled

Donation Locations:

* The Extraco Events Center will be setting up to take donations starting
tomorrow at 9:00 am. For information call 254-776-1660

* The Home Depot store in Bellmead will be open all night for those who need
plywood, generators, etc.

* Both Peas & Tots and Smarty Pants consignment stores in Waco are
accepting clothing donations in all sizes for those in West

* Axtell High School will be taking any kind of donations at the school tomorrow!
Please donate anything! The PALS organization is taking all donations and will be
accepting tomorrow and Friday during school.

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