Red Cross Volunteers Helping after Explosion in Geismar, LA.

The American Red Cross is providing help and comfort to people affected by a plant explosion that occurred at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on Thursday morning. Red Cross disaster volunteers have deployed from around the state and are providing food, water and emotional support to those affected by the explosion.

Family members of plant workers can call 1-866-380-2303 to find out about their loved ones. The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has set up a reunification center for plant workers and their families at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center at 9039 S. St. Landry Ave, Gonzales, Louisiana.

In these times, it’s important for people to connect with and support each other. The Red Cross has information people can use to cope in the aftermath of these tragedies. For free counseling or support which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, people can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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