Locals Helping Victims Affected By Plant Explosion in West

Locals Helping Victims Affected By Plant Explosion in West

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - As you might expect after what has happened in West, Texas, many organizations are stepping up to help those affected.

"We are being inundated with phone calls," Stephanie Murphree, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Permian Basin, said.

Murphree says they are currently on stand-by waiting to see if more assistance is needed in West. She says there two emergency response vehicles that are ready to go if called upon. Currently, they are not taking any food or clothing donations but said there are other ways locals can lend a hand.

"Right now, the American Red Cross is directing folks to go and donate blood, here locally, we don't have a Red Cross Blood Center. However, we encourage folks to use the United Blood Services in Midland and Odessa," Murphree said.

In the scenario the local response vehicle is deployed, Murphree explained what they will be assisting in.

"They will be doing handling mass feeding and bulk distribution of water. I know that's another area in where they are trying to bring supplies into the community and then also disaster assessment," Murphree said.

Another organization helping out West victims is the Odessa Home Depot.

Team Captain, Stephanie Wilk, says anytime a catastrophe of this magnitude happens Home Depot is there to help. She says they will be accepting all types of donations.

"All different groups are affected by this. Pets, elderly, babies not just people our age so keep that in mind when you are gathering things to donate, is that something everybody needs so someone who's lost everything," Wilk said.

Melinda Henderson has family in West, she says although all survived the horrific explosion they are all shaken up by it. She says although it will take some time to rebuild the small community, she has no doubt the people of West will band together.

"It's going to take a lot of work, and it going to take a lot of help, but as you have seen on the news everybody is banding together from all over the state to help out. I'm sure they will bounce back, it's just gonna take time," Henderson said.

You can start dropping off donation at the Odessa home depot starting Friday from 6 a.m. until 10p.m.

Murphree says if you want to help, you can text 90999 to make a $10 donation or click here for other ways you can help.