Joplin, Mo., city officials say the American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Missouri Southern State University for people left homeless by Sunday’s devastating tornado. Gov. Jay Nixon mobilized the Missouri National Guard after tornados ripped through Joplin, Mo.
Joplin, Mo., city officials say the American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Missouri Southern State University for people left homeless by Sunday’s devastating tornado.
A huge tornado tore a swath through the heart of Joplin from east to west. Thousands of homes were leveled, St. John’s Regional Medical Center was badly damaged and forced to close and evacuate, Joplin High School was destroyed, as well as many businesses.
Reports said a huge Home Depot store, a Walgreens and a Walmart and surrounding businesses were destroyed or badly damaged, according to the Carthage (Mo.) Press.
“The city of Joplin understands that many families and homes have been affected by the tornado,” city officials said in a written release. “Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston has declared a local disaster due to the damage of this storm. The city has activated its emergency operations center and is working closely with American Red Cross, emergency management services and medical personnel of numerous surrounding communities to assess the damage and assist those hurt in this storm.”
National Guard activated
Gov. Jay Nixon mobilized the Missouri National Guard after tornados ripped through Joplin, Mo., according to the Carthage (Mo.) Press.
"As soon as we heard the news of the tornados, the Missouri National Guard began mobilization activities," said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard. "Your Missouri National Guard is bringing experienced citizen-soldiers and leaders to provide the best support we have to our neighbors in Joplin."
For continuing updates on the response, visit www.moguard.com or www.facebook.com/Missouri.National.Guard or www.twitter.com/Missouri_NG.
President Barack Obama says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is working with Missouri state and local agencies in response to a tornado that ripped through the southwest Missouri community of Joplin.
The Associated Press said Obama issued a statement Sunday night sending condolences to families of those who died in storms in Joplin and across the Midwest. He commended the "heroic" efforts of those who are responding to the disaster.
The president says the federal government is prepared to provide help as needed.