...a real town, and not a geographical region of Texas.
From the New York Times (so it must be real):
The town of West, Texas is only a few short miles from my farm.WEST, Tex. — Two days after the explosion at a fertilizer plant in this town sliced by a busy railroad and highway in Central Texas, the death toll rose to 14, but with the search of damaged structures nearly finished by Friday afternoon, only a few people were still presumed missing, local and county officials said.
I do business there.
Members of my family have lost friends there this week.
In the midst of everything going on in Boston, and I have friends and loved ones there whom I personally care about, here in Central Texas we're shocked and devastated by the events that took place there this week, but we're just a little busy right now grieving.
I've been working in Dallas all week and wasn't here when this accident happened.
But I've been told that the shock waves of this explosion were felt as far as 65 miles.
Members of my immediate family have lost friends and classmates.
This is what we, and myself personally know (or didn't at the time):
- That there was a place that we had all driven past everyday, and never paid much attention to, that could be so dangerous and detrimental.
- That a "fire," which in this area is pretty common considering the 7+ year drought that we've all been in, would have been more tragic than anything in our history to go and check up on.
- All of the volunteer fire fighters (first responders to you city folk), who are just that "volunteers" didn't recognize the harm that they might be in, arrived to put out a fire.
- The fire caused the explosion, because otherwise violative chemicals/fertizers, stored in separate containers would have never mixed.
There are two things that I've learned about West, Texas over the past few days:
- Most of us didn't know that there was a "fertilizer plant" in West, Texas.
- The majority of the 2,800 people who lived in West lived within 500 yards of that plant.
And that those most effected relied upon that plant for a job, and that now we're all recognizing just how connected we are with this tragedy.
centexfarmer = central texas farmer.
This is that part of America where I live, where I have family, where I call home.
Like most disasters, either man made or otherwise, I find myself wanting to keep this at 'arms length.'
And the harder I try, the closer it gets.
I'm more concerned that a major metropolitan area was, just today, put under a State and Federally sanctioned Government Shut Down, than I am the lack of regulation for fertilizer storage in rural communities throughout America.
While my neighbors, family members, and former coworkers struggle to find the missing, homes for displaced pets (evac shelters don't, or are not equipped to assist "pets"), and trying to put this behind us so that we can bury those who we know have already been killed, and who's lives have been destroyed, I know that we'll get it sorted out.
I didn't see a thread on this, so I thought that I might start one.
In this media frenzy, it makes me wonder what else is going on in the world that we're all missing.