Texas A&M University officials are reaching out to students who have family members residing in and around West, the Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion occurred Wednesday night, and various student groups on campus are mounting efforts to provide needed supplies and other forms of support for citizens in the affected area.
University officials at the present time say they know of no students whose families have suffered loss of life or sustained major injuries, but they continue to initiate contact with students from the affected area as a means of expressing their willingness to assist if needed.
Aggie student organizations are also moving to collect donations for the people of West. Support efforts under way range from gathering needed supplies for individuals or families to offers to organize a blood drive, if needed.
To help with this effort, and to keep the campus community informed as to which organizations are doing what, the Division of Marketing & Communications has set up a website where these activities will be listed. The site is at http://tx.ag/westTX. Those wishing to provide information or activities for inclusion on the website can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several Texas A&M University System units are on site in West to provide direct assistance to state and local organizations leading recovery efforts. They include Texas TaskForce 1, the search-and-rescue unit in the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; representatives of the Texas A&M Forest Service and a mobile animal rescue unit operated by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Information and updates on the explosion and relief efforts are available on the governor’s website at http://www.governor.state.tx.us/disaster/
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