As the tragic events of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas continue to unfold, people from across Texas are rallying in support. From Waco fire and police volunteers to the American Red Cross’ participation, officials and volunteers are working to provide medical care, food and shelter for the evacuated West, Texas citizens. Searches continue throughout the area as 60 are still reported missing. But what happens once the searches are over and the dust has settled?
The harsh reality of a tragedy such as the West explosion is that the more than 200 affected victims will now have to work to rebuild their homes, pay necessary medical bills and some even bear the cost of a funeral. As immediate needs are met, we must also begin to plan for the long-term effects of these tragedies.