PORT NECHES, Texas — The American Red Cross recovery center is open until Saturday afternoon in Nederland for people affected by the TPC Group plant explosions. 

Early last Wednesday morning, Port Neches homes and businesses were rocked when the facility exploded. Windows were shattered and debris has been found in nearby areas. 

Case workers will be available to help with creating personal recovery plans, navigating paperwork and locating other assistance that residents may need.

“We are helping all families who were impacted by this plant explosion here. We have been on the ground from the very beginning supporting those in need that have been severely impacted,” said Natalie Warren, disaster program manager for the American Red Cross.

They'll be available to meet one-on-one with residents to help with disaster-caused emergency needs. 

"Whether they need spiritual care or if they need health services, whatever their need is, we’re addressing those needs," said Warren.

Spiritual care and mental health workers are providing services to people who come into the recover center, including emotional support. 

They opened on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Nederland – Gymnasium. 

The church is located at 1911 Nederland Avenue in Nederland. 

Recovery Center hours:

  • December 3 | Tuesday | 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • December 4 | Wednesday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • December 5 | Thursday | 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • December 6 | Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • December 7 | Saturday | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Parking is available across the street.

According to the Red Cross, workers have provided more than 180 overnight shelter stays and more than 1,100 meals and snacks since November 27. 

Those affected have also received more than 80 comfort kits with hygiene items like toothbrushes and soap.  

"We know some are completely devastated," said Warren. "Their homes are majorly destroyed. With that, we are providing support for them, so they’ll be able to have some where to stay and not displaced."

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