West, TX Explosion Relief

In light of the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co., relief efforts are now being organized to help those who have been affected.
If you have additional information, or if your congregation is coordinating a relief effort, please contact kristy@lcmc.net with  any further details.

Volunteering & Assistance

Americorps is now coordinating volunteer opportunities for West, Texas recovery. They have already identified people in the community to be ready to enlist help when the time is right. The website for people to sign up to volunteer is volunteertx.org.
Additionally, representatives from LSS Disaster Services and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), are ate the scene and prepared to offer the following types of relief assistance to those in need:
  • Short-Term Emergency Needs:  Providing gift cards to families with immediate needs of food/shelter/clothing; ongoing until the funds run out. 
  • Long-Term Response and Recovery:  Case management services as survivors begin the long process of rebuilding their lives.
  • Spiritual/Emotional Care:  Counseling and spiritual care services to individuals seeking prayerful comfort and emotional support, over the short- and long-term.

Those who would like to help out may also:

  • Donate blood – Type O Positive and O Negative blood is in demand. Please check your local blood bank for details.
  • Prayer -- for the survivors of this town of 2,700; all of their lives have been touched by this tragedy. 

FEMA To Allow Individual Assistance Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the emergency disaster declaration for the State of Texas, declared on April 19, has been expanded to allow individuals and households affected by the explosion in McLennan County, access to Individual Assistance grants.

This action makes housing and other assistance available to eligible individuals in McLennan County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs; medical, dental, and funeral expenses; and personal property, transportation and other forms of assistance to help individuals recover from the effects of the disaster.

Individuals who sustained losses as a result of the explosion in McLennan County can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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