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A deadly fertilizer plant explosion rocked West, Texas, a small community north of Wacoon Wednesday evening. Below, you will find information you need to know, including evacuation locations and organizations accepting donations as this story continues to develop.

Helpful information

  • Safe and Well People Finder:Register your name to let others know you are safe
  • Prayers for West Facebook page
  • Power outage information from Oncor
  • To check on patientsadmitted to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, call (254) 202-1100
  • For family inquiries about patients at Scott & White Hospital, call (888) 394-4947
  • For family inquiries about patients at Providence Health Center, call (254) 761-7200
  • Dept. of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson: Half of #WestTXevacuated, possibily more tonight. (ABC News)
  • Hillcrest Hospital patient information hotline 254-202-1100 (KWTX News 10)
  • FAA has placed a temporary flight restriction over airspace around the TX explosion. Only emergency aircraft allowed to operate.(ABC News)
  • Most critical patients to Hillcrest Baptist in Waco, followed by Providence Hospital.
  • The town of west has a population of about 2,800. (ABC News)
  • Eight to ten blocks evacuatedin West, Texas.(Sheriff)
  • West Fertilizer Company was fined $2,300 in 2006 because it failed to implement the risk management plan. (News Channel 25)
  • RT @jayhicks: Trooper Wilson: Plant is still smoldering. Won't go back in. 50-75 homes have been destroyed.
  • West Mayor says 4 to 5 firemen are unaccounted for. (RT by KWTX News 10)
  • The West Police Department has called for a mass evacuation.
  • West ISD says all campuses are closed on Thursday and Friday. Watch for further news announcementsover the weekend.
  • The H-E-B on Spate and 12th has donated water and snacks to people taking shelter at Lair's Cover Apartments. (News Channel 25)
  • USGS reports the explosion in West had a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Family members worried about loved ones can call (254) 202-1100 at Hillcrest. Call(888) 394-4947 for information on family members at Scott & White.

Evacuation locations

  • 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.
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish at 219 W. Magnolia Street, Penelope, TX 76676 can handle 100 families.
  • Ben's Boat Repair in Elm Mott has space avaliable for pets and a few people, 435 S. McLennan Loop,254-716-9593
  • First Baptist Church of Lott has room for anyone needing a place to stay. Call 254-829-2321. (KWTX News 10)
  • Blair's Cove Apts in Waco is offering housing to any resident affected by #Westexplosion 2425 S. 21 Street (254) 447-0810
  • Evacuees were told to go to the Community Center in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, Texas.
  • Church of the Open Door will be opened for survivors. They are located off of exit 339 in Bellmead. (News Channel 25)
  • Home Depot in Bellmead is open all night for assistance. (News Channel 25)
  • All Gholson ISD schoolshave been opened to be used as shelters.
  • Penelope High School has been opened for survivors.
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Texas State Technical State College in Waco
  • Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center(254) 694-3689
  • Aquilla ISD
  • Alliance Auto Auction on I-35
  • Sykora Family Ford in West
  • Gholson Baptist Church
  • La Vega Veterinary Clinic - taking in small animals for the night
  • Pharmacy at HEB Store on Woodway
  • Antioch Community church at 501 North 20th Street in Waco

Organizations accepting donations

  • Carter Blood Center in Waco will be taking blood donations at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. LINK: http://www.carterbloodcare.org.
  • Scott and White Blood and Donation Center taking blood donations. LINK: http://www.sw.org/blood-center/blood-center-landing
  • Point West Bank - drop off or send to 200 West Oak Street, West 76691
  • The Extraco Events Center will be setting up to take donations starting at 9 am on Thursday. For information, call (254) 776-1660
  • 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 on Thursday. Please donate anything. the PALS organization is taking all donations and will be accepting tomorrow and Friday during school.
  • ESPN 1660 AM is taking donations at their Bagby Ave. location in Waco.
  • DeMontrond Auto located at 888 IH45 South in Conroe.Dealership will be accepting donations of bottled water, toiletries, blankets, diapers, formula, bottles, toys, adult diapers, peroxide, alcohol, gauze, medical supplies, cots, air mattresses, pillows, dog food, cat food and pet crates or carriers.

Celebrity Tweet

  • Country icon Willie Nelson sentout a Twitter prayer.West has been in my backyard all my life, Nelson tweeted early Thursday. My heart is praying for the community that we call home. - AP
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