The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 31, 2012

Our View: East Coast, we're here for you

The Joplin Globe

— Weather is a powerful force. While it can sometimes be predicted, it can’t be controlled.  That, of course, is the story of Hurricane Sandy, a superstorm that has left more than 8.2 million people across the East without power.

 Airlines canceled more than 15,000 flights around the world, and it could be days before the mess is untangled and passengers can get where they’re going.

 Human emotion is also a powerful force. And that’s something we in the Joplin area know about. There’s strength in a kind word, a good deed, a fervent prayer or a silent thought.

We would urge you to do all of the above.

 In the meantime, the city of Joplin has offered to send its disaster management team to help in the Hurricane Sandy disaster zone, the city has announced. City Manager Mark Rohr said the State Emergency Management Agency has been notified that Joplin has a team of about 30 city workers who led last year’s tornado recovery effort that can be sent where needed via the state’s Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

 Donations can be made through the American Red Cross to help pay for the cost of shelters — key to those who may not have a place to live for weeks, even months.

 As volunteering opportunities become available locally, we will keep you informed.

 Our fellow Americans need our help. We must be there for them.