Key Updates to Joplin Tornado Tragedy

Here is some of the information, that news services are reporting, concerning the Joplin tornado. Continue to pray for the people affected by this horrible tragedy.

Quick Notes

116 confirmed dead; more than 400 injured

Joplin Schools want to confirm the well being of its students and staff. Contact the school district at 417.625.5270 or comment on the Joplin Schools Facebook page.

To located loved ones

Visit www.safeandwell.org [name and phone number or address of loved ones required. -ed]

Call 417.659.5464

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gets a first hand look at the tornado damage blamed for 116 deaths.

In a news conference this afternoon the the governor said he has spoken to the president and is assured Joplin will get federal assistance.

The governor was joined by the city manager, congressman Billy Long and the adjutant general of the National Guard.

265 Guardsman are in town along with 110 state troopers.

The governor noted that faith-based organizations play a vital role in the neighbor helping neighbor effort and said rebuilding help will come later, but first and foremost the search is on for the missing.

“I just ask that everyone throughout the region, throughout the country, continue to pray for folks as we work out there,” Governor Nixon said. “As you know it’s been a very difficult time but the seven rescues today mean there are other people out there that could be surviving and we need to make sure we’re in a very organized way going about the search as these leaders – very organized leaders – are doing right now.”

A temporary morgue was set up at Missouri Southern to handle the large number of deceased – 116 at the last report.

Some of the deceased were taken to a command center at 24th and Main Street, awaiting transport to MSSU.

The Joplin fire chief said the deaths were widespread and not concentrated at any one location. He said right now they are trying to compile a list of names and identify the bodies.

“We are working on a list right now,” Chief Mitch Randles said. “As you can imagine it’s quite extensive and it’s quite hard to keep track of. I do have my staff working on that and we hope to be able to release it at a later point in time.”

How you can help

Complete spreadsheet of Joplin Relief Drop Off Locations

Volunteers are asked to report to Leggett & Platt (recreation center) at Missouri Southern State University

To give blood in Joplin go to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks located at the Northpark Mall.

To find out how you can help call 1-800-RedCross or visit RedCross.org

Mail monetary donations to:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

Shelters

Ignite Church
Leggett & Platt Center at MSSU
Mount Hope Church of Christ in Webb City (call 624-1795)

Bus’s to Red Cross shelters available at:
– Junge Stadium on 13th Street
– Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th and Rangeline
– Lowe’s, 24th and Rangeline
– Vintage Stock, 32nd and Main

Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles says sightseers need to stay out of the area.

He says St. John’s emergency room was moved to Memorial Hall. A mobile hospital team is at 30th and Range Line.

Randles says rescuers are fighting the elements.

Several county coroners and mobile morgue teams are working together on collection and identification of bodies.

Missouri Task Force 1 and Oklahoma CERT teams are working to locate people still in the Home Depot and Walmart.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says law enforcement and emergency responders are still working in apartment buildings.

The governor said the police and military police working together to prevent looting and keep people out of the damage area.

Pets

Amber Alert for Pets will issue free lost pet alerts families who have lost a pet in the area affect by the tornado. Go to amberalertforpets.com and fill out a lost pet report. Use the code “MS2011”. A cell phone picture will work.

Central Pet Care at 224 West Central in Carthage is open to accept animal emergencies and displaced animals. Call 417.358.1300 for more info.

Golden Paws Pet Resort is accepting animals that need shelter because their owners have lost their homes. Please call 623-0842.

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