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First I have heard of this:
"Several volunteer firefighters from other departments were in West for a training class when the fire at the fertilizer plant broke out and they heroically rushed to the scene, as well. "
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311379/West-Texas-fertilizer-plant-explosion-Death-toll-rises-disaster-near-Waco.html#ixzz2QsJtFNvb
that article has some unreal photos of the power of the explosion.
It seems Waco PD and McLennan County SO are doing much of the interviews. I assume they are working the area as well. Curious as to why Hill Co SO isn't up front in this. Obviously Waco/McLennan Country have greater resources but it seems they have somewhat taken over.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BuGrad95 12 months ago
West is in McLennan County. Hill may have provided some assistance, but McLennan has greater resources and more importantly jurisdiction.
Thanks. For some reason I was thinking West was in Hill County
Sounds like this is being treated as a crime scene first at some perimeter. So security is a primary concern. Outside that perimeter the priority is victim search.
I have been through two disasters myself in the last decade as support not as a victim. On the first, I was assisting Methodist local district and national long-term recovery efforts.
Right now you have Red Cross enacting their disaster center agreements to temporary house. Americorps leadership team is there and they are very good. You have the church aid groups and other non-profits bringing the standard items and poised to start aid and clean-up. SBC is in early and heavy. Same with Assemblies of God with Convoy of Hope. Methodists and Lutherans will be their the longest providing long-term assistance.
Red Cross will get some vouchers and prepaid cards going for immediate assistance. They will They will beat the streets to get state and federal aid applications disseminated. Then they are gone.
FEMA is sending in administrators who are thinking three things right now. Get some emergency supplies in now. Basicall churches are doing that now plus Americorps. A joke in Joplin was need a water bottle? Next they want victims applying for immediate monetary then later the SBA loans to businesses and poor credit homeowners. So they are staffing those centers which may or may not be at the VA. I bet one is closer. Last they are looking at land and building to lease so that intermediate housing of 12-18 months is set up, city infrastructure is somewhat restored, and local schools have a intermediate fix until they can rebuild (which with pokitical fights on where/how to build plus open bidding makes it a 2+ year thing).
I personally know a couple of talented project managers who went to work for FEMA. It is a makeshift agency that utilizes a limited permanent staff that has to roll into high gear quickly with a large percentage of contractors. I have seem them concentrate on uses federal, city, and public college unused space for their location. They lease private porperty nearby for the intermediate aid.
The Red Cross is going to get the shortkterm aid paperwork handed out to victims. I don't agree with the criticism of where they set up offices. If TSTI has available space for some temporary FEMA employees then I would be shocked if AmeriCorp doesn't locate there and house a FEMA application location. If someone knows of someone needing a six month job, then they should look on the FEMA and state employment sites. In Joplin I think FEMA was paying aid application clerks 18 an hour. Statman alert.
Sorry for all the typos in the previous post. Phone posting has drawbacks.
If Baylor wants to get involved then this is a really good opportunity. Greenburg, KS is trying to establish itself as a green building evangelist. They were all over Joplin and are still there trying to make an impact. I have not seen much of an impact. Maybe some enhanced promotion of electric utility building efficient grants.
Leo won't give West millions, but Baylor should be smart about this. BRIC. TSTI or TSTC or whatever it is now buidling trades and BRIC should use some seed capital to not just help rebuild West housing green but also take this opportunity to incubate businesses that are trying to provide high tech or alternative enrgy efficiencies in home building. Raise some funds. Tap Jeff Dunham for some benefit concerts around Texas. Have you seen his ticket prices? Just run it right. Train and certify subcontractors on installations.
Memorial Service for the fallen first responders at the Ferrell Center at 2 PM Thursday.
Pres. Obama and Michelle plan to be in attendance - GOOD!
Westboro "Baptist" Church plans to protest - DISPICABLE!
As a private university, does Baylor have a right to not allow Westboro on the premises and make then stand in the median/sidewalk?
^^^ alan stirs the pot, onward with the drama
Yes. Just like they did outside FCS for the Kansas State game.
And the presence of the Secret Service will also likely keep Westboro in check, if they even show up.
They'll be there. Likely the same 8-10 at the BU/KSU game. They want publicity. Quit giving it to them.
The key is not to engage them. The vast majority of their funding comes from legal settlements with cities/private parties that react to their antagonism and get sued for it. If you treat them as if they aren't there at all, they basically won't be.
or if one of them just happened to be carrying a pocket knife near the president on school grounds.... Nice prison sentence.
Not engaging them is the right way. If they don't receive media coverage and are ignored they will go away.
However some of the reverse protest signs by Baylor students at the KSU game were pretty funny. Of course it would not be appropriate at this occasion to have joke signs.
I sincerely hope that it doesnt get out of control.
I just don't understand them. The events they protest rarely have anything to do with what they are protesting. How in the world is a fertilizer plant explosion related to their "cause?"
They are attention whores. They want to be anywhere cameras are. Then they claim every disaster is an act of God who is angry over cause X or cause Y.
Anyone going to the service tomorrow? Get there plenty early if you plan on going. Traffic will be terrible and security will be tight for sure. From the email just sent out by Baylor.
"Attending the ceremony on the Baylor campus will be President and Mrs. Obama, Governor Perry, and other dignitaries. Baylor President Ken Starr will greet guests and bring remarks from former President George W. Bush. Thousands of firefighters from around the nation are also expected to attend the memorial service which will take place at 2 p.m., Central Time, in the Ferrell Center."
This post was edited by WILLIS 12 months ago
That's quite an audience. I won't be there, because work won't allow for it, but my heart will be there.
Really nice showing at the Ferrell Center
Amazing Grace with the bagpipes tears me up
Top notch in every way. Well done by all involved.
It's my only funeral request. Pipers. Amazing Grace and Taps to finish it off.
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