Originally posted by antar
I have a few questions about the warehouses of supplies being sent and on standby for the survivors of Joplin:
Are there several clear cut locations where individuals can go to get access to those items? From what I understand, the recipients only have to
answer a few questions to receive aid.
A lot of the basic supplies (food, water, medical) can be found in some of the destroyed areas, and in many areas ringing the affected areas Just
about every other corner you can find free water / supplies. So much supplies have made it into the area that they have started asking people to stop
sending donations for right now.
Is it possible that people who were not directly in the storms path thus not having lost their homes also able to apply for help?
Depending on what aid they are requesting but yes, they can.
Does anyone have first hand knowledge of how these supplies are being distributed?
Yes - they are being distributed.
Also with all of the cash flow being sent into help people, is there any funding available to survivors? If so what is the amount they are able to
Yes - SEMA / FEMA are on the ground, and FEMA just got their ops center opened up to assist people affected (even those who did not have their items
destroyed. The MO department of labor has opened up unemployment benefiets to people who have had their jobs affected (destroyed or not opened).
In addition to Government services, non governments services are present and available to those affected as well. Churches, businesses, good
samaritans etc are all present as well.
Anyone whose job has been affected need to apply to the MO Department of Labor by June 16th.
MO Department of Labor
Disaster Unemployment Assistance - MO Department of Labor
Gov. Nixon allocates $25 million for
immediate Joplin needs
Have the people who lost jobs able to get immediate funding to support themselves and or families?
See above answer. In addition a lot of other agencies are assisting (churches, Habitat for Humanity, etc) both groups, affected and impacted but not
What about housing, has there been a significant rise in real estate sales in areas that were saved from the tornado?
No real rise in anything except the Hotels are seeing an increase in stays for obvious reasons. Prices have been closely monitored and as of yet, no
known issues of price gouging. If anything, we have seen an overall stablization or reductrion in prices compared to before the disaster in an effort
to assist people.
A lot of people have been using the local radio stations (who have devoted their programming 24/7 to the people of joplin to use to find people, get
messages to people, call in requests for needed items and to let people know they have them and how to get in contact with them). This includes people
calling in with their family size and other people calling in to let those people know they have available room, almost all of the offers are free
rent etc. People who have rental houses have also assisted by offering those locations to people at no charge / extremely reduced rent and in some
cases just utilities or free all together.
Businesses have been brining in needed supplies to assist people in temporarily patching holes etc in their homes (ones that survived) so they can
stay in there places. As of a few days ago, all remaining areas that are still able to support houses and are fre of fire / gas hazards have had their
Businesses have brought in increased supplies of Generators and tarps, and in many cases these are going to affected areas free use / free of
Are there homes, apartments, motels or condos available?
Yes - see above
Have you seen price gouging of rentals?
Nope, and government agencies as well as the citizens of Joplinhave been monitoring this very closely. As I stated above, in a lot of cases prices are
actually cheaper now, than before the tornado in an effort to assist people. Businesses still need to make money in order to expand in order to hire
people who just lost their jobs. Not everything is free.
What about the orphans? How is the State handling this?
As with anything child related, the Division of Family Services have been assisting in this area. Per State law and their policy, children will go to
family members first and foremost. In addition to placement, food / medical needs are also being addressed -
MO Divion of Family Services
Any updates on lost and found displaced abandoned pets? Stories of horses and livestock?
Many of the local animal businesses (food / supply / shelters) as well as non animal businesses have stepped up to assist with displaced animals.
Human medical services (as seen in one of my posted pictures) have been assisting with injured animals as well (humans come first obviously, and
medical treatement extended to basic wound treatment).
Where have the elderly been sent that lost their convalescence homes?
To stay with family members, to other homes, or to other facilities (homes / hospitals / etc) in the surrounding 4 state region.
What is the "real" general mood of the locals now 10 days later?
Determination - while the mood is subdued, the community has pulled together and has vowed to recover bigger and better than before. A lot of damaged
businesses have gotten assistance from other businesses to repair damage and to open / re-hire / recall / new hire as quickly as possible.
The response to the government actions (all levels have been overall positive. The one issue making news is body identification, and the news is only
running the pissed off people and leaving out key information the government is required to abide by (HIPPA for starters). The MO Department of Public
Safety (Highway Patrol) has taken lead now by order of the Govenor for body identification as well as notification of family members. The Feds have
also sent in forensic assistance teams to assist in identifying people.
What people, and the news, does not reealize is not all remains are intact (IE dental or DNA testing is the ONLY way to identify remains). Outside of
this area, the overall mood towards the recovery / assistance process is positive (and with any issue of this type, it wont all run perfectly).
Are peoples needs being met? Is there rampant survivor guilt?
The peoples needs are being met. A lot of the larger employers have already taken steps to reassure the people they will rebuild (Walmart and
Homedepot). The Hospital (St. Johns Regional) is not only rebuilding, but will be relocating to a newer, larger site (still within the City of Joplin,
just a different area) and the amount of investment will be significant (think triple digit millions)- I wont repeat the exact amount because its not
public information yet). They are looking at building a state of the art facility among other additions for the Joplin area / region.
So many questions, but this is a good start if anyone can help me catch up to date on the real story behind Joplin and not the hyperbole and rhetoric
the now deflating media frenzy has to tell. Not that they have not done a great job bringing awareness and funding into the area which may not have
happened had they not chosen to go viral.
The news media cannot adequately relay the level of destruction, regardless of how many pictures / videos they show. This is one of those have to see
it first hand to fully grasp the level of destruction. Aside from that, the media was cherrypicking stories for ratings (luke the morgue issues).
Personally speaking, I beleive one of the reasons for this was because of the city of Joplin.
Instead of allowing media free reign to roam around the city, the city opted instead to protect the people they serve. They had tight reigns on media
in terms of where media was allowed to go, at what time etc. They were free to talk to whomever they wished, but emergency assistance / recovery
efforts took priority.
To that end they were pretty much funneled into the area by the Hospital (which is why it was in a lot of their backdrops). This was near where the
massive damage started, but in an area that was able to hold them all without interfering with services, while allowing them access to the damaged
areas as well as people.
It was not a news blackout / government supression of damage / body count / etc. It was done because the people in the area were put first, and the
news story put last.
** Additional Information**
Basspro has teamed with a lot of businesses in Springfield as well as some famous people who were from the region and are having a huge "partry" and
all proceeds will be going to Joplin. OCC (Ozark Christian College) is allowing the Redcross to use their multi purpose center as their command center
(NOT A DROP OFF POINT FOR DONATIONS / ETC). OCC is also opening up their dorms for displaced / people who need temporary housing.
OCC is also providing office space for a group that deals specifically with hearing impared.
Home Depot is opening up temporary lumber yard (in the prking lot of the destroyed location) and will be opening up a temporary store nearby to assist
with rebuilding efforts.
MO Highway patrol has also announced that ALL peoples reported missing have been located.
Death toll stands at 134.
Hope this info helps. Mind you, this is from my experience and sources. I am sure some of the others who are in Joplin might hvae a differing view or
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