Fertilizer Plant Explosion Media Resources

Baylor University Media Resources Available for Comment About the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas

UPDATE: 1:25 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013: Environmental expert added to the list of media resources.

WACO, Texas (April 18, 2013) - With the tragic explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on April 17, a number of faculty members from Baylor University --15 miles south of West-- are available to speak with media about how the community, loved ones and friends can assist immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the incident.

Suggested sources, with contact information for Baylor media communications staffers, include:

Emotional Needs of Crisis Victims, Survivors and First Responders

Sara Dolan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, is a member of the local Medical Reserve Corps of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She can speak about how to best respond to the emotional needs of those affected by the crisis. She also can speak about the first responders' post-crisis reaction and how they differ from those of the general public. Dolan also is a leader for the psychosocial/spiritual intervention team of the corps.

CONTACT: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-1961, cell (254) 644-4155; or Terry_Goodrich@baylor.edu


Effects of Anhydrous Ammonia on the Environment

Dr. George Cobb, chair of the environmental science department at Baylor, is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. Dr. Cobb's areas of expertise include environmental chemistry and environmental toxicology. He can speak about the potential effects of anhydrous ammonia on the environment.

CONTACT: Tonya B. Lewis, 254-710-1961; cell (254) 644-3301; or Tonya_Lewis@baylor.edu


Burn Victim Treatment

Dr. Becky S. Spencer, Professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, is a former burn unit and critical care nurse. She also is a former nurse in the Air National Guard. She can discuss the treatment of burn victims from the explosion.

CONTACT: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-1961, cell (254) 644-4155; or Terry_Goodrich@baylor.edu


Critical Incident Stress

Dr. Shelley Conroy, Dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing has done research on critical incident stress and its aftermath and can discuss this issue with media.

CONTACT: Terry Goodrich, (254) 710-1961, cell (254) 644-4155; or Terry_Goodrich@baylor.edu


Impact of Loss and Grief

Helen W. Harris, Ed.D., senior lecturer in the Baylor School of Social Work, is an expert on the impact of loss and grief. She can discuss crisis management, the importance of listening and caring for those who have experienced tragedy, and supporting first responders - including encouraging them to care for themselves as well by getting rest and taking care of their physical needs.

CONTACT: Lori Fogleman, (254) 710-1961; cell (254)709-5959 or Lori_Fogleman@baylor.edu