FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tornado devastates Joplin; links to online resources
- Citizens can now check on the status of their friends and family by calling 417-659-5464.
COLUMBIA, May 23, 2011 — A tornado ripped through the southwest Missouri city of Joplin around 6 p.m., Sunday, May 22. At least 89 people have been reported killed in the disaster.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol asks all first responders who are responding to assist in Joplin and Jasper County to report to the command post at 34th Street and Main Street in Joplin. At this time, the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management has not received a request for other non-affiliated volunteers from our area. Should this change, OEM will notify the public.
- Donations for Missouri Disaster Relief
- Donate to help Missouri’s flood and tornado victims
- Show-Me Response
- The online registration system for volunteer health professionals
- Joplin Missouri Disaster Relief Fund
- If you would like to send financial support to help with the tornado relief efforts in Joplin and surrounding areas, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation has created a fund to pool donations
- Disaster Alert: Tornado in Missouri
- A disaster alert page from the American Red Cross with links to their online donation system
- State of Missouri information page
- Information on the Joplin disaster from the state of Missouri
- Safe and Well
- American Red Cross resource that allows users to search for family and friends registered as safe and well in a disaster area
- CNN's coverage of Joplin
- Frequently updated information on the situation in Joplin
- Joplin tornado flattens town: dozens dead, injured, missing
- Full 80-member crew of Task Force 1 responding to disaster
- Springfield News-Leader coverage
- Some search and rescue teams have resumed work after authorities spent about 20 minutes waiting out the second severe storm in 24 hours in the severely damaged city of Joplin