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West disaster center opens

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WEST, Texas -

The disaster recovery center located in the heart of downtown West, Texas houses federal, state and local agencies looking to help survivors of the fertilizer plant explosion.

It's being described as a one stop shop for disaster recovery assistance. More than 250 people have already registered for help.

The center houses the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Texas, FEMA and non-profit agencies like the American Red Cross. These organizations act as a safety net for a town left in shambles. People need help replacing or repairing homes, cars, furniture, personal belongings and in some cases even lost wages.

Two women visited the center to learn more on how to help their 89-year-old mother whose house was damaged after the explosion.

"We weren't even planning on coming here because she's got good insurance. But Mayor Muska told everybody in town to make sure that we did just in case insurance didn't cover something or something came up later on that needed to be taken care of," said Janette Janek who registered with FEMA.

Grant money and low interest loans are available.

FEMA officials said everyone affected by the explosion should register with them because problems may not surface until months or years down the road.

The center is set up 12 hours a day, 7 days a week from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. until further notice.


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