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Tornado devastates Joplin; links to online resources

Update 1

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.

Online resources

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


Media Contact:
Lamar Henderson