The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 3, 2012

Tornado anniversary website created for community

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — A new, centralized website,, has pulled together information regarding the one-year anniversary of the tornado, city officials said.

The site features a calendar of events noting various activities commemorating the anniversary, as well as news releases and fact sheets from organizations involved in the recovery efforts of Joplin.

“We pulled together many of the key communicators that have been distributing information throughout this past year to provide a kind of one-stop shop for anniversary-related questions,” Lynn Onstot, public information officer for the cty, said in a statement. “There are a lot of events planned by numerous groups and organizations that people want to know about and attend. This site will help share that information.

“Our community has had hundreds of inquiries from a wide variety of groups and individuals because this disaster has many different angles,” said Onstot. “From weather-related questions, emergency response, rebuilding and community outreach — all of these have much depth and bring many questions and areas to study. We’ve included community and business fact sheets along with recovery and rebuilding statistics on the site to help address some of these.”

The site be maintained through May 31.