The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2011 Joplin tornado

May 2011 Joplin tornado
  • Tornado fund board hears grant requests

    Trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund heard proposals Tuesday from 11 organizations for grant funding. The board is to decide how to spend about $225,000 remaining in the fund in what may be the final round of grants. The fund was established shortly after the 2011 tornado to receive donations from those who wanted to give direct aid to Joplin for recovery.

    January 14, 2014

  • Joplin community publishes book of tornado experiences

    Leaders in the Joplin community have published a collection of stories about the 2011 tornado and the recovery efforts that followed. First-hand accounts for the book, titled “Joplin Pays It Forward,” were written by city and school leaders; officials from health care centers and public utility companies; leaders in the business and media communities; representatives of churches and nonprofit organizations; and individuals with federal, state and local disaster relief groups and agencies.

    December 27, 2013

  • 122313 Jop firestation_72.jpg New fire stations being readied for opening

    After 2 1/2 years in temporary quarters as a result of the 2011 Joplin tornado, firefighter crews are moving into newly built replacement stations ahead of schedule. Firefighters last week began preparing a new Station No. 2 at 2825 W. Junge Blvd. for occupancy. It replaces a station at 2216 S. Maiden Lane that was destroyed in the tornado.

    December 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Tornado fund board to seek more applicant information

    After looking at 19 requests for funding on Monday, the board of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund decided to deny some of the requests and seek additional information from some of the applicants. The group indicated support for requests from a handful of applicants who want assistance with the moving and setting up of FEMA storm shelters. The board estimated the cost of doing that at $9,000 to $10,000 per shelter.

    December 16, 2013

  • 121613 Brite.jpg East Middle School students counting down days until new school opens

    Students at East Middle School said they are counting the days until they can move out of the renovated warehouse where they currently attend classes to their new school on East 20th Street. “I am so glad that we’re not in a warehouse anymore,” eighth-grader Cydney Vickers said. Of the new school, she said: “I’m really excited, actually.”

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Joplin building permits closing in on $1 billion in wake of tornado

    Joplin is inching closer to the $1 billion mark in building permits issued since the May 2011 tornado. In November, the first month of Joplin’s fiscal year, 70 permits totaling $3.1 million were issued for a broad range of projects. That brings the total construction value for the permits issued in the 30 months since the tornado to $971 million.

    December 13, 2013

  • City opens new round of shelter applications

    Those who operate nursing homes, group homes and residential day care operations for at-risk adults and children may now apply for commercial-sized storm shelters available from the city of Joplin.

    November 26, 2013

  • 112213 lost photos4_72.jpg Lost tornado photos find home at museum

    Joplin resident Flo Taylor has a piece of her life back. Thirty pieces to be precise. “This is such a blessing,” she said as she explored the contents of a manilla envelope Friday morning at the Joplin Museum Complex.

    November 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • NIST study: Clear communications essential for tornado warnings

    After hearing the results of a two-year technical investigation into the Joplin tornado by the federal government Thursday morning, Dale Mermoud still had a question on his mind. He wanted to know this: “Why can’t they be more specific in their tornado warnings?” After a press briefing at Missouri Southern State University on the National Institute of Standards and Technology study, Mermoud posed that question to the people who worked on the study.

    November 21, 2013

  • 110513 RebJop1_72.jpg Rebuild Joplin celebrates 100th home since 2011 tornado

    Nearly two and a half years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed about a third of Joplin, volunteers and supporters of Rebuild Joplin ceremonially cut the ribbons on the organization’s 100th home on Tuesday. “It’s an incredible milestone of progress,” said Chad Carson, executive director of Rebuild Joplin.

    November 5, 2013 1 Photo

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