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Joplin--One of 6 Finalists Selected
Out of seven hundred cities, the City of Joplin was among thirty
selected to participate in the “Best of the Road” contest, which is
hosted by Rand McNally and USA Today
Joplin tornado house is shrink-wrapped
Joplin Mercy Clinic, Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding
Audience learns about tornadoes
A large number of area citizens joined fire, police and ambulance
department personnel at an annual severe weather class held March 6,
2012, on the campus of Missouri Southern State University-Joplin.
Human Services Campus
State of Missouri Resource, Recovery & Rebuilding
Center is open at
705 Illinois Ave
Building A, Suite 12
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Important info on driver licenses etc for tornado victims
The Joplin Globe
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a nearly $1.3 million
contract to Hunter Modular Construction Co., Jonesburg, for modular
buildings to serve as temporary classrooms for Irving Elementary School
From the Joplin Globe
At least $10 million in
contributions and pledges has been received so far by major
organizations giving front-line services to tornado victims and those
already trying to plan what will come in the area’s future.
The calculation is based on estimates from officials of those groups and
larger announced donations and pledges. It does not include the hundreds
of smaller donations that have come in to those groups and to other
agencies, churches and organizations also involved in the effort.
The American Red Cross has received about $4.5 million in contributions
and pledges so far; the Salvation Army, $3 million; United Way agencies,
$1.3 million; Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, more than $1
million; and the Joplin Business Recovery Fund, $100,000.
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WHEREAS, on April 22, 2011, by Executive Order 11-06, I declared a
State of Emergency and directed the Missouri State Emergency Operations
Plan to be activated; and
WHEREAS, on May, 20, 2011, by Executive Order 11-09, I extended the
declaration of emergency contained in Executive Order 11-06 through June
20, 2011; and
WHEREAS, on May 22, 2011, the City of Joplin was hit by a tornado and
severe storms causing a natural disaster of historic proportions; and
WHEREAS, many citizens of the State of Missouri living in this area
have suffered great hardship and have been impaired in their ability to
conduct normal activities including, but not limited to, the regular
titling and registration of motor vehicles and obtaining an acceptable
form of identification.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF
MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Chapter 44, RSMo,
do hereby order:
For those citizens of the State of Missouri who submit sufficient
proof to the Director of Revenue that their driver license, no driver
license, certificate of motor vehicle ownership, number plate, or tabs
issued by the Director of Revenue have been lost or destroyed as a
result of the recent tornado that hit the City of Joplin, the Director
shall issue such citizen a duplicate or replacement if such citizen is
otherwise eligible for such duplicate or replacement under law, and the
Director shall waive all state fees and charges otherwise due for such
duplicate or replacement.
This order shall terminate on June 20, 2011, unless extended in whole
or in part.
Gov. Nixon visits Joplin Career Center to announce
WIB grant for jobs in tornado recovery
Gov. Jay Nixon visited Joplin today to make a formal
announcement of an initial $5.8 million investment to the WIB to
establish the Missouri Disaster Recovery Jobs Program, which
will create temporary jobs for workers who were left unemployed
by last week’s devastating tornado.
The program, which will be funded through the federal
Workforce Investment Act, will employ more than 400 workers in
temporary jobs to assist with clean-up and humanitarian efforts
in Jasper and Newton counties. Under the program, the first
priority will be to employ workers who lost their job because of
the tornado. Second priority will go to workers who are
unemployed for other reasons.
“As I’ve said from the beginning, we will rebuild Joplin,”
Gov. Nixon said. “And putting folks back to work is a vital part
of that process. This investment will employ more than 400
workers who have temporarily lost their jobs because of the
tornado, and it will give us additional manpower to augment the
efforts of the National Guard and expedite the clean-up process.
If folks are looking for work, I urge them to contact the Joplin
Career Center today to learn more about this opportunity.”
The jobs created under this program will focus on clean-up
and humanitarian efforts, such as clearing and removing debris.
Gov. Nixon has designated the Missouri National Guard as the
state’s point agency on debris removal and clearance, so the
Division of Workforce Development and the Workforce Investment
Board of Southwest Missouri are coordinating closely with the
Guard on job opportunities and placement.
The program will provide job and safety training and
equipment for each worker, in addition to vaccinations or other
preventive medical procedures necessary to work in the disaster
area. Wages will be commensurate with individual workers’ job
requirements and skills.
The Division of Workforce Development and the Workforce
Investment Board of Southwest Missouri are overseeing the
application, recruitment and placement process through the
Joplin Career Center.
Missourians who are interested in a temporary clean-up or
humanitarian job should visit the Joplin Career Center at 730 S.
Wall Ave., Joplin (across from Memorial Hall), or call
417-629-3000. Missourians also can learn more about the program
at The Bridge, 3405 Hammons Blvd., Joplin, MO, and the offices
of the Workforce Investment Board, 105 N. Range Line Road in
Gov. Nixon was joined at this announcement today by David
Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic
Development; Jason Jones, executive director of the Workforce
Investment Board of Southwest Missouri; and Col. William Ward,
the commander of the Missouri National Guard’s Task Force
Phoenix, which is leading debris clearance and removal for the
state of Missouri. Pictured with Gov. Nixon are board members
of the WIB.
WIB receives $5.8 million grant for temp employment in tornado
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $5,822,352 National
Emergency Grant to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts in the wake
of tornado damage in Missouri, including the May 22 tornado that
������The incredible damage that this latest tornado has inflicted on
the people of Joplin is unprecedented,������� said Secretary of Labor
Hilda L. Solis. “The Labor Department’s grant will assist affected
Missouri communities with clean-up efforts that will help lead to a
sustained recovery for the region.”
The funds are being awarded to the Missouri Division of Workforce
Development and the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri.
Through the outreach of the Missouri Career Center and several local
partners, the funds will be used to create temporary jobs to assist in
“In addition to the devastation of lost homes and loved ones, many
families now have income gaps from the loss of jobs,” noted Jason Jones,
the WIB’s Executive Director. “Through this grant, we can help fill
those gaps and retain Joplin’s talented workforce to the region for a
time when those businesses can rebuild and rehire.”
Jones and his colleagues have studied the effects of other natural
disasters on a local labor market. The WIB is seeking resources that
will help residents avoid having to re-locate for work, but rather be
trained and ready for the return of jobs to the Joplin region.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared several Missouri
counties, including Jasper and Newton, eligible for FEMA’s Public
Assistance Program following recent severe storms, tornadoes and
flooding. Jasper and Newton counties have been targeted to receive
assistance under this grant. Additional counties may be included at a
later date if further evaluation warrants their inclusion. More
information on designated disaster areas in Missouri is available from
National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s
discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet
specific guidelines. For more information, visit
http://www.doleta.gov/NEG. More information about the Workforce
Investment Board of Southwest Missouri and the WIB’s local recovery
efforts may be tracked online at http://www.workforcezone.net.
Local and National News:
Ozarks first (Joplin, MO) -- A "direct hit."
That's how officials are describing the tornado that tore through the
town of Joplin, Missouri. The Sunday afternoon twister killed at
least 89 people and injured many more, but officials warn the death toll
could reach as high as 100. "I would say 75% of the town is virtually
gone," said Kathy Dennis of the American Red Cross. Joplin Vice Mayor
Melodee Colbert-Kean says the town is in a state of "chaos." President
Obama says in a statement his "deepest condolences" go out to the
victims' families. Jasper County emergency management director Keith
Stammer as many at 7,000 structures could end up being damaged citywide.
Meteorologists say the twister was "rain-wrapped," meaning it would have
been nearly impossible to see. The massive tornado, estimated to be an
EF4, blasted a six-mile path across southwest Missouri. The Joplin mayor
has declared a local disaster and Governor Jay Nixon has deployed the
Missouri National Guard and declared a state of emergency. "It's total
devastation, with a hospital down, the high school down, other areas,"
he said Sunday night. "We just want to make sure that as the night goes
on, we're saving lives between now and dawn." The Missouri Department of
Public Safety deployed search and rescue teams, medical personnel, and
heavy equipment Sunday night into Monday morning. Empire Electric says
about 20,000 people remain without power in the area. Buildings
Demolished Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the multi-vortex tornado was
reported near 13th and Range Line Road (a major thoroughfare) with
several buildings -- including a Wal-Mart -- toppled to the ground. The
tornado slammed into St. John's Hospital, doing damage from the top to
the bottom of the building. One witness reported seeing a victim blown
out of the building when the twister hit. Portions of the top of St.
John's Hospital were sheared off. There were 183 patients inside the
building at that time; at least 25 people had been taken to St. John's
in Springfield by 4 a.m. Monday. A triage operation was set up in the
hospital's parking lot. Those in critical condition were sent to Freeman
Health Systems. There were concerns about an explosion at the medical
facility. There were also concerns there about a possible gas leak.
Memorial Hall, in downtown Joplin, served as a makeshift hospital where
nurses and emergency workers treated patients. Meanwhile, a mobile
morgue was set up at Missouri Southern State University. The Joplin High
School at 20th and Indiana was damaged. The graduation was Sunday, but
it held at Missouri Southern. Franklin Technical School was destroyed.
The Home Depot, Payless Shoes, Walgreens, Academy Sports, and Pizza Hut
were also heavily damaged in that area. Plaza apartments and storage
facilities behind the Wal-Mart at 15th street also received damage.
Parts of the city were unrecognizable, according to Steve Polley, a
storm chaser from Kansas City who described the damage as "complete
devastation." Emergency Response Cox Health and St. John's health
systems in Springfield sent help to the scene after gathering at the
fairgrounds. Drivers along I-44 were quick to note a barrage of
emergency vehicles heading east and west. However, a major barrier stood
in their way. Interstate 44 was closed along mile marker 18 in Joplin
due to the overturned traffic and uprooted signs. The Red Cross says
volunteers were mobilized and a shelter had been set up at Missouri
Southern State College at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin at the Leggett &
Platt Athletic Center. Nurses or doctors looking to help have been told
to call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the American
Red Cross. Click here for a
list of Red Cross shelters. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking
all first responders to go to Joplin to a command post at 34th & Main.
The City and Joplin R-8 are coordinating transportation to help those
left homeless due to tornado. People can go to the following
locations and a bus will take them to the shelter. 1. Junge
Stadium on 13th Street; 2. Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th & Range
Line 3. Lowe's 24th & Range Line 4. Vintage Stock, 32nd &
Main. Happy Tails Farm in Pittsburg, Kansas, is open to help take in the
displaced animals from the Joplin tornado until their families can claim
or long-term rescue can be found. Call (620) 875-9821 or (620) 875-0280.
FEMA says it has also been in constant contact with officials at the
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency since the severe weather hit.
The city of Branson on Sunday evening sent a fire truck and five
firefighters to help with recovery. Residents are also asked to stay
home, allowing rescue workers to do their jobs.
Click here to learn how you can help the
victims. Meanwhile, all city employees have been asked to report to
work. City officials Joplin are also asking residents
to limit the amount of water they use. They say firefighters need
all the water they can get to battle blazes across the area, sparked by
the tornado. Dazed residents are on the streets of the neighborhood,
helping some into wheelchairs, crying and hugging each other, and
working with police and firefighters as they begin the process of
accounting for everyone. Debris in the Ozarks Debris from Sunday's storm
has been reported several miles away. "I live in Nixa and just
found a Check from Joplin Mo dated in 1980," Emily Deese tells
KOLR/KSFX. "We found a picture and part of immunization record and a
laminated hymn of the Lord's Prayer," says Jennie Twyman in Brighton.
"And half a check from 1967." Vikki Hanks in Eudora says she found a
fishing bucket, baseball, picture, and a prescription paper in her
backyard (see photo below). "That means it traveled 46.2 miles," says
her daughter. "We live 46 minutes away from Joplin." Residents 70 miles
away from Joplin in Dade County were finding X-rays from St. John's in
their driveways, said Foreman, indicating the size and power of the
twister. Path of Destruction Between mile markers 10 and 12 on I-44,
there were reports of trees stripped of bark and more than 20 semi
trucks and cars overturned. About two miles southeast of Joplin, the
neighborhood at 22nd and Blackcat road saw massive damage to homes and
trees, with people trapped in debris. The National Weather Service also
reported a tornado on the ground just north of Pierce City around 6:30
p.m. and a possible tornado on the ground near Freistatt at 6:40 p.m.
Structures were reported damaged on Highway 97 north of Pierce City.
Power poles were reported down across Highway V and the highway was
ruled impassible with tornado damage. There were also reports of trees
down ten miles north of Rogersville and 6805 Highway KK. Later in the
day, there were reports of houses and mobile damage along with numerous
trees down on Horse Creek Road east of Galena in Stone County. The
National Weather Service says there was also house damage on Bass Hollow
Road east of Coon Ridge Road. A home was reportedly destroyed on
Highway AA about a mile east of Highway 413. Storms have hit more than
nine states, and watches and warnings continue into the early morning
hours in some areas.
City, MO) -- Governor Jay Nixon has activated the Missouri National
Guard in response to tornadoes and severe storms that moved through the
state earlier Sunday evening. From an official statement: The storms
have caused significant destruction in multiple areas, including Joplin,
where a tornado struck St. John's Regional Medical Center. The Governor
has declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the State
Emergency Operations Center. State and local law enforcement agencies,
including fire mutual aid, are coordinating search and rescue and
recovery operations. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also is deploying
troopers from other regions to support local officers in southern
Missouri. Specialized emergency response teams, including Missouri's
Disaster Medical Assistance Team 1 (MO-1 DMAT) are deploying to the area
to provide aid and assistance. "These storms have caused extensive
damage across Missouri, and they continue to pose significant risk to
lives and property," Gov. Nixon said. "As a state, we are deploying
every agency and resource available to keep Missouri families safe,
search for the missing, provide emergency medical care, and begin to
recover. I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to deploy
Citizen-Soldiers and assets to support local law enforcement agencies
with emergency coordination and recovery, and other state assets have
been mobilized to provide emergency support as well. I urge Missourians
to keep a close eye on the latest weather information and to follow the
instructions and warnings of emergency personnel as these deadly storms
continue to move through our state." Missourians who need disaster
information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211. The
211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas
where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 800-427-4626.
Weather and emergency information also are available on the state of
Missouri's website, MO.gov.
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