After seeing the devastation in Joplin, Missouri, I wish I was there to help. Although I am from Neosho, I have spent a great deal of time in Joplin and was born at Freeman Hospital. My connection to Joplin comes not only in the form of attending MSSU, but I have many friends and family members that call Joplin home. See familiar landmarks in Joplin destroyed saddens me.
I am going to use this post to do several things. First, I will keep it updated with the latest news. I will provide some video footage from YouTube and photos that have been shared on Facebook and Twitter. Social media has played a key role in the aftermath by informing the public, organizing relief efforts and collections, and giving people a way to contact friends and family members at a time phone service has been spotty. My news updates will come largely from the Joplin Globe as they have the most up-to-date information available.
PLEASE keep everyone in Joplin in your thoughts and prayer and try to avoid making trips to Joplin for the next several days. Rescue teams do not need the extra traffic. Tune into to the local news sources listed below for full coverage.
UPDATE: I am keeping a list of links on the sidebar —->
The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on Sunday, May 22 has been classified as an EF-5. The death toll, as of 3PM central time June 9, is 151. All those missing have been located. There have been over 1,100 injuries reported. The damage to Joplin is extensive spanning from St. Johns Regional Medical Center to Rangeline Road. The damage in between is almost too much to bear. Many of Joplin’s schools have been severely damaged, and the school district has received permission to close for the remainder of the school year. There have been reports of debris from Joplin as far as 70 miles away. There are many organizations accepting donations. Donations can be dropped off at MSSU since the Red Cross is using Leggett and Platt.
UPDATE (Monday): NBC’s Brian Williams and Al Roker, ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Harry Smith, Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are all reporting live from Joplin. Catch their respective networks for coverage.
UPDATE (Tuesday): Tide Loads of Hope will be available at 7th Street Walmart for residents of Joplin beginning Thursday.
UPDATE (Tuesday): President Obama is expected to visit Joplin when he return from Ireland later this week.
UPDATE (Tuesday): Eqecat Inc. (a catastrophe risk modeling firm) estimates there has been $3 billion in insured losses in Joplin.
UPDATE (Tuesday): Carthage High School seniors raised $15,000 for their project graduation. They decided to donate the full amount to help Joplin.
UPDATE (Tuesday): The city of Joplin has just issued new phone numbers if you still want to assist. To donate your time call 417-625-3543, to donate items call 417-625-3542, and if you’re a volunteer group, church or business call 314-623-9991.
UPDATE (Wednesday): REMINDER: There is still a boil order in effect for the entire city of Joplin. Boil the water for at least 3 minutes.
UPDATE (Wednesday): Walmart has donated $1 Million to Joplin relief, as has TAMCO roofing.
UPDATE (Thursday): A list of the missing has been posted HERE.
UPDATE (Friday): There has been such a incrediable amount of donations that many organizations are not going to accept new donations until after the weekend, giving them a chance to go through what they have collected.
UPDATE (Friday): Information has been given to residents about how to sort and place debris on the curb for removal. That document can be found HERE.
UPDATE (Friday): Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has approved $25 million in relief funding for Joplin and has signed an executive order forbidding insurance companies raising rates or dropping coverage for those effected by the tornado.
UPDATE: (Friday): President Obama, Governor Nixon, and local religious leaders will lead a memorial service Sunday at 2 PM on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Taylor Performing Arts Center. There will certainly be live feeds from the service for those unable to attend.
UPDATE: (Friday): Flags in Joplin are to be flown at half staff from now until further notice by order of Joplin Mayor Mike
UPDATE (Friday): Flags across Missouri are to be flown at half staff on Sunday by order of Governor Jay Nixon.
Local News Outlets:
Social Media Links:
Joplin’s Damage from the Air
Storm Chasers view of the Tornado
Tornado from KSN’s Tower Camera
St. Johns Hospital area – From Weather Channel