Joplin, MO Tornado Relief – A Demonstration of American Perseverance
As a counterpoint to the abysmal performance of the nations' elected officials during the recent debt ceiling crisis, individuals, businesses and groups continue to provide ongoing support, resources, commitment and hope to Joplin, Missouri residents – months after the media have stopped reminding us of the event. This is a shining demonstration of American perseverance – a ray of sunshine in our economically bleak days this August.
On May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri destroying at least 6 miles of the town. Immediately, officials and residents of Joplin were deluged with volunteers, supplies and contributions of money to help re-build. The Joplin Globe, this southwestern Missouri's hometown news, relayed the spirit of the town when they reported that “Joplin Missouri stands tall”.
In an article published here on Technorati on May 25, I noted that the town was somewhat overwhelmed (but very grateful) by all of the assistance they were receiving. I feared that once a few months had passed, the offers of help would evaporate and the town citizens would be left to their own devices with a cleanup effort that looked to be months long.
This fear has definitely not been realized.
Examples of the support which continues to flow into the Joplin area include the below late July and August items:
Posted on the city's Facebook page : “Volunteer update: since 5/22, we've had 72,797 registered volunteers serve a total of 356,392 hours in the Joplin community...that's almost 41 years worth of work! We can't say it enough, but thank you to everyone who has responded to this disaster with their time or donations”
Jay Nixon – MO Governor in a statement explaining that the state will pick up the extra debris removal costs when the Federal FEMA program runs out stated:
“Since the moment the tornado hit, Missourians have stepped forward to provide an overwhelming response to help this community rebuild,” Gov. Nixon said, speaking from a Joplin neighborhood within the Expedited Debris Removal area. “Citizen-Soldiers from the Missouri National Guard, local contractors, and thousands of volunteers have worked tirelessly, and in an orderly fashion, to clear the debris and prepare to rebuild. We’ve made tremendous progress, but the work is not complete, not yet.Continued on the next page