Texas Explosion: How You Can Help

The remains of a fertilizer plant after a massive explosion in West, Texas. (Photo: Reuters)
Apr 18, 2013· 0 MIN READ
Callie Spaide is Participant Media’s Manager of Digital Advocacy and Social Impact.

A massive explosion from a local fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, has injured more than 160 people and caused widespread evacuations. First responders are currently searching for any survivors who may still be trapped under the wreckage.

During crises like this, it’s still possible for you to help, even from thousands of miles away:

The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army have set up shelters in West, Texas, immediately following the blast, in order to get relief and supplies to survivors. Help them respond by giving directly to the Red Cross' and the Salvation Army's emergency response funds.

Have friends or family in the area? During times like these, phone lines can be overwhelmed, so either text or use Red Cross' Safe and Well database to list yourself as safe or find a loved one. In addition, the Hilll Crest Baptist Medical Center has set up a hotline for families looking for loved ones: (254) 202-1100.

If you live in the area and would like to donate blood, find the nearest location here.

Check back throughout the day for more updates.