The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 21, 2012

New website to help in returning disaster-lost photos to their owners

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

CARTHAGE, Mo. — National Disaster Photo Rescue is launching a new website today on which the Lost Photos of Joplin project will be housed.

The new, permanent site is, and includes a link to Facebook: Lost Photos of Joplin.

According to Thad Beeler, who is both a minister at the First Baptist Church in Carthage, where the Lost Photos of Joplin project is based, and the director of National Disaster Photo Rescue, the site will be able to house new projects from future disasters as needed.

Each will be identified and have its own link from the home page, Beeler said.

People may search for photos and documents through the new site. Those who want to claim photos may do so by completing the claim form on the new site. Potential volunteers also may sign up on this site. Churches and civic organizations that want to volunteer for future disasters in the Midwest may do so.

More than 35,000 photos have been part of the Lost Photos of Joplin project to date. More than 13,200 photos had been returned as of Monday, having been claimed by more than 250 families in the Joplin area who lost the photos in the 2011 tornado.

“From its inception and now its new permanent Web home, National Disaster Photo Rescue is committed to returning lost memories to their owners,” Beeler said.