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Red Cross, Partners Open Assistance Center to Serve West, Texas

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need.
The Joint Assistance Center is designed to be a one-stop-shop for affected residents as they begin the initial stages of recovery.

The American Red Cross and partner agencies have coordinated efforts to open a Joint Assistance Center to help residents of West, Texas following an explosion of a fertilizer plant. The Center will be open today, Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive, West, Texas.

Families can meet with agencies such as the American Red Cross, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, UMCORP, Austin Disaster Relief Network and others.

Because of road closures around the Knights of Columbus, families are encouraged to follow these driving directions: Take I-35 North to County Line Rd. Turn right on County Line road and then right on Jerry Mashek Drive. Look for the smaller building in the trees.

The Joint Assistance Center is designed to be a one-stop-shop for affected residents as they begin the initial stages of recovery.

Sunday hours: 1:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.