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Joplin Tornado

The Takeaway

An Update on Joplin, Through the Eyes of Its Teachers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A devastating tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22 of this year. One hundred sixty people were killed, and nearly a thousand were injured. According to the National Weather Service, as much as 75 percent of the city was damaged. Three days later, Susan Moore and Regina Jones, two Joplin public school teachers, joined The Takeaway to discuss its effects on the city's schools, which were closed for the remainder of the school year. Scott Meeker, enterprise editor of the Joplin Globe, also came on the program to discuss his efforts to reconnect people over Facebook. The Takeaway speaks to them again for an update on Joplin many months after the storm.

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Schools Open in Tornado-Stricken Joplin, Missouri

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It hasn’t even been three full months since the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. The tornado ravaged the city, leaving more than 150 people dead and causing billions of dollars worth of damage. Joplin’s school system was hit especially hard. Six buildings were destroyed and another seven suffered significant damage. But unbelievably enough, the district is meeting its goal of starting school on time as classes start today in Joplin.

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Rebuilding and Recovering in Joplin, Missouri

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One month ago today, President Obama visited the town of Joplin, Missouri, where a tornado killed 156 people and caused millions of dollars in damage. Today we’re going back to the scene of the devastation to see how Joplin residents are recovering one month after President Obama told Joplin, "There’s no doubt in my mind that Joplin will rebuild. And as President, I can promise you your country will be there with you every single step of the way...The cameras may leave. The spotlight may shift. But we will be with you every step of the way until Joplin is restored and this community is back on its feet. We’re not going anywhere."

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FEMA Assesses Housing as Joplin Residents Pick Up the Pieces

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Joplin, Missouri is trying to pick up the pieces from last week’s massive tornado. In addition to killing 134 people, more than 8,000 homes and apartments were destroyed or damaged in the 200 mile an hour winds — between 25 and 30 percent of the housing market. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, says more than 7,000 Joplin residents in Jasper and Newton counties have registered for assistance so far, and they are still assessing how to best assist them.

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Obama Visits Joplin, Mo. for Memorial Service

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, President Obama visited Joplin, Missouri to assure tornado victims that their country would not forget them. The giant tornado killed as many as 136 and destroyed the homes of many more. The president spoke to the people of Joplin during a memorial service for the dead. Truck driver and Joplin resident, Kenneth Irvin shares his impressions of the president's visit and updates us on how he is coping with the damage.  

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WNYC News

Tri-State Residents Aid Ongoing Relief Efforts in Tornado-Torn Missouri Town

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Local volunteers continue the response effort in the nation's heartland nearly a week after one of the worst tornadoes on record ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing more than 130 people and injuring hundreds of others.

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Tornado Survivors Hope to Find Missing Among the Living

Friday, May 27, 2011

There are more than 200 people still missing in Joplin, Missouri, the town hit by a massive tornado on Sunday. That number is down from the original 1500 persons listed in the wake of the destruction, but the death toll on Thursday was at 126, with more than 900 injured. City officials have been working around the clock to locate people or identify bodies in a temporary morgue. Amidst the rubble, there have been miracles — a grandmother found on her porch. But family members across the U.S. still waiting for a sign from loved ones are starting to worry that time is running out.

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On Joplin: 'It Took the Roof Off'

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

An estimated 75 percent of the buildings in the small city of Joplin were badly damaged in Sunday's tornado. The city's local weather man, Alan Matthews, co-host of the TV program, "Good Morning Four States," at Channel 12, KODE in Joplin lost his home. His roof was ripped of by the tornado. He, his wife and his two dogs survived by taking refuge in the bathtub and holding on while the twister tore through town.

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With Spotty Cell Service, Joplin Residents Turn to Facebook

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Over a hundred are dead in the wake of a tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo.Sunday evening. Hundreds more are still missing, and families and friends are desperately trying to find their loved ones. Scott Meeker, enterprise editor for the Joplin Globe, set up a Facebook page to help people find missing loved ones. He shares some of the heart wrenching stories.

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Joplin Mo. Faces $3 Billion Price Tag for Disaster

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sunday’s massive tornado left six miles of roads, buildings and homes flattened by 200 mile per hour winds and killed at least 122 people. With over 2000 damaged buildings, including a complete shutdown of Joplin’s St. John’s Medical Center, the municipality is facing fiscal damages of at least $3 billion. Through it all, Joplin citizens are still trying to rebuild their lives. Rod Pace, helicopter medic for St. John's, is still working despite the damage done to his place of work. Rob O'Brian, president of the city's Chamber of Commerce discusses the impact on local businesses.

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After the Tornado, Joplin Teachers Connect with Students

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The tornado that churned through Joplin Missouri on Sunday left three schools in rubble. School was out at the time the twister hit, but District officials estimate that 3,000 of Joplin's 7,800 students were in the path of destruction, and many teachers are still trying to account for their students — reaching out, says Kindergarten teacher Susan Moore, "through facebook, phone banks, texting... any way we can." Rich Oppel has been reporting on the search for our partner The New York Times.

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WNYC News

Tri-State Residents Reach Out as Twister Death Toll Climbs

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Volunteers from the tri-state area are helping out with relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, where a deadly tornado ripped through the community of 50,000 over the weekend, leaving at least 120 dead and more than 750 injured as it ferociously tore through homes and businesses.

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EMT: 'I've Never Seen That Kind of Destruction'

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When Michael Sublett, a Kansas City based EMT, heard about the tornado that struck Joplin, he headed straight to the town. He helped in the search and rescue effort, assessing and treating the injured as a volunteer. "The spirit of the people in Joplin despite of this disaster is amazing," says Sublett.

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Tornado-Ravaged Joplin, Mo. Begins Cleanup

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On Sunday a deadly tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri; in its wake, a six mile path of destruction and at least 116 people dead. Today its people begin to survey the damage, as rescue efforts for those potentially trapped in the rubble continues. Brian Stelter has been reporting on the disaster for The New York Times.

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Area Hospitals Strive to Help Missouri Tornado Victims

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The tornado, which flattened much of Joplin, Missouri also passed through St. Johns Hospital on Sunday evening, leaving all 183 patients, and any incoming tornado victims, without a place to go for help. Fortunately, the Via Christi Hospital in nearby Pittsburg, Kansas was ready to join in the rescue and relief efforts. For more on their interstate relief efforts, we speak to Michael Hayslip, director of public relations for Via Christi Hospital. 

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On Call: How the National Guard Prepares for Flash Disaster

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When national disaster strikes, it is often members of the National Guard who are tasked with the major search, rescue and relief efforts for victims on the ground. But how do they prepare for devastation like that left in the wake of Sunday's deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri? For more on the relief efforts, and the rigorous training that goes into it, we speak with Major Tammy Spicer, Missouri National Guard State Public Affairs Officer.

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Tornado: 'They Don't Have Homes to Go Back To'

Monday, May 23, 2011

At least 89 people were killed in a massive tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. The town suffered a direct hit from the tornado and much of the city has been devastated, including the city's medical center. Joplin's hospital has been evacuated and nearby Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas is one of the centers looking after those injured.  Michael Hayslip, director of public relations for the hospital, describes how they're taking in tornado victims.

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Joplin Resident Thought 'We're Gonna Die'

Monday, May 23, 2011

Joseph Myers a Joplin, Mo. resident describes what it was like to be in Joplin as a tornado hit down, destroying the town and killing at least 89 people. "It came quick... it was like a train coming and then all of a sudden gusts of wind and then rain, real strong rain, hit the area. We're like two blocks away when this happened, mind you, and me and my friend were like, 'we're gonna die.' It was very, very close. It came in quickly and it left quick." Rachel Hubbard, general manager and news director at KOSU reports on the recovery efforts, which have kicked into gear.

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