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Old 06-05-2011, 07:05 AM   #1
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Joplin needs your help.

I don't really know how to start this but the title really says it all I think?

I have been down to Joplin last week in support of Salvation Army efforts to thwart a humanitarian crisis that is hard to imagine.
The destruction on the ground seems so much bigger and worse than can be reported through the media that I feel compelled to make this personal plea on behalf of the town for the prayers and support of everyone I can.

The reports of 30% of the town being destroyed may turn out to be underestimated and there is basically a 1 mile wide by 6+ mile long area of COMPLETE destruction. Everything leveled to the ground except solid masonry structures which have no roofs or windows.

The power company there says 9000 electric meters will never be replaced,6000 vehicles destroyed,the hospital which has been all over the news is an 11 story building in a complex of building that moved 4 inches on its foundation! The building is now a total loss and also a BioHazard site and will need to be carried away in plastic bags.

The people in this area have nothing left,ZERO! I was told most of the area hit was a lower income area but there is no way to know this if you didn't already know, it is just rubble.

There are cars everywhere with no windows and smashed beyond recognition but they are on the road still and I walked past many with entire families inside them as this is now their home.

There was a low empty rental home count there before the Tornado and now there are opportunists jacking rental rates everywhere and the lawns of standing homes have tents pitched everywhere.

The Salvation Army where I was attached was making 200-300 meals a day before the storm and is now trying to make 5000-6000 out of the same kitchen.

I was in a Food Canteen at first and we tried finding survivors and feeding them but they do not want to leave the rubble even for a minute and they all say that their neighbor needs the food more than they do!?

As the Radio Operator on the Canteen, I had to call for a medical evacuation several times as the people just will not get the help they need as they are in shock.

It is the most heartbreaking scene I have ever witnessed.

The News Cycle has now pretty much dropped Joplin from the list and yet the recovery has only just begun.

Please think of extending any help you can,Time and Money is what they need.

The Red Cross,United Way and Salvation Army are always in need to help and donations and I would feel confident that anything donated there will go directly to the already strained relief efforts.

I deployed to Joplin in the Casita ad found a spot in the Joplin KOA next to rows of tents and U-Hauls with families packed inside.
I felt a little guilty having a solid Shell,Roof over my head.

Just realize no matter how bad things may be for you right now these people are outside in 100 degree Missouri Humidity with the clothes on their back and often those are not even their clothes.

Thanks for listening and please help if you can.

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Old 06-05-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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The van here is from the hospital which is almost 1 mile away uphill!
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting this Ed. We don't live far from Joplin, but haven't done much yet and you've inspired me to send a little donation. I lifted the following from a news site in case anyone else is so inclined:

Donate to the Tornado Relief Effort
The American Red Cross is providing food, shelter and emotional support in Missouri, Minnesota and other parts of the Midwest.

To make a donation to the American Red Cross' Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page. Once there you can enter the zip code for Joplin, 64801, to make sure that the money will be directed to their local Joplin chapter.
You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

World Vision teams are heading to Joplin, Mo., and northern Minneapolis, Minn., to assess the tornado damage. World Vision focuses on aiding children and is providing hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other relief and building items.
To donate $10, text the word "TORNADO" to 20222 or call 888-56-CHILD.

To donate to the United Way, visit site, or call 417-624-0153.

The Salvation Army's emergency disaster services teams are helping to feed residents and first responders in Joplin; Reading, Kan.; and parts of Minnesota affected by the storms.
To donate to the The Salvation Army's efforts, visit and click on the donation page.
You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text "JOPLIN" to 80888 to make a $10 donation. And you can mail a donation to Joplin Tornado Relief, The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111
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