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  • Guard builds field hospital outside destroyed St. John's Hospital in Joplin

    05/30/2011 8:44:47 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 7 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/28/2011 | 2nd Lt. John Quin/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 28, 2011) — With the twisted husk of St. John’s Hospital reminding them of the importance of their mission, a group of Missouri National Guardsmen erected a mobile hospital unit in a fraction of the time they were given. Because they were conducting annual training nearby, soldiers of the 117th Engineer Team (Asphalt), of Monett, were on duty conducting search and rescue missions within hours of the tornado hitting Joplin, said Sgt 1st Class Steve White. “We’re here to help relieve the pain,” White said. “We bring a lot of heavy equipment and can get to things...
  • Guard supervising Joplin debris removal, cleanup by governor’s order

    05/30/2011 8:42:06 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/27/2011 | Maj. Tamara Spicer/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 27, 2011) — Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri National Guard to supervise the cleanup and debris removal process in Joplin. Citizen-soldiers and airmen were activated immediately following the May 22 tornado and are ready for their new mission, said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of Missouri. “We are ready for the new mission Gov. Nixon has given us and are prepared to help our friends and family in Joplin in every way we can,” Danner said.
  • National Guard mission changes from clearing IEDs to cleaning up Joplin

    05/30/2011 8:39:43 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/27/2011 | Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 27, 2011) — A year ago, the 203rd Engineer Battalion of the Missouri Army National Guard woke up every day in a war zone. That changed Sunday when one of the season’s deadliest tornados blew through this southwest Missouri community of 46,000, leaving behind a path of devastation worse than most of these combat engineers experienced in Afghanistan. Charged with clearing improvised explosive devices from hundreds of kilometers of bumpy, dusty — and dangerous — roads in the war-torn country’s restive east, members of the 203rd served their nation doing one of the hardest jobs in theater....
  • National Guardsman rescued Joplin tornado victims in his Wal-Mart job

    05/30/2011 8:34:39 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 5 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/26/2011 | Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 26, 2011) — Some people would call him a hero, but to hear Spc. Jeffrey Price tell it, he was just doing his job. Price, a heavy equipment operator for the Carthage-based 294th Engineer Company of the Missouri Army National Guard, helped rescue dozens of people following Sunday’s deadly storm that left hundreds dead, hundreds more injured and much of this city of about 50,000 people in ruins. Price, 22, was on duty at his job in the automotive department at a local Wal-Mart SuperCenter Sunday as the deadly tornado that flattened area homes, destroyed businesses and...
  • Blunt tours tornado damage in Joplin

    05/30/2011 8:31:41 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 4 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/24/2011 | Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 24, 2011) — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt toured the devastating damage today resulting from the recent deadly tornado in Joplin and met with federal and local authorities to ensure that there is a speedy and comprehensive recovery and rebuilding effort under way. "I live about 60 miles from Joplin and have been here hundreds of times. This was a huge path of destruction in one of Missouri's major cities, and I've never seen anything like it. I applaud the federal and local officials for their recovery efforts, and I thank the volunteers who are generously dedicating their...
  • Did Bible verse from Orlando save two Alabama baseball players from Tuscaloosa tornado?

    05/29/2011 2:06:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 28, 2011 | Mike Bianchi
    ........Connie is a spiritual person and put the Bible verse from Psalms 121 on the bathroom mirror when Kent first moved into the house. She wanted to remind her son while he was off at college to stay close to God and to remember that God would always be there for him. "The Lord will protect you from all harm. He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever more." "I believe those words with all my heart," Connie says. Now more than ever. ......They turned on the TV, saw the storm...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Members Spread Hate in Wake of Tornado Tragedies

    05/29/2011 6:04:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Gather ^ | 05/29/2011 | Reno Berkeley
    In predictable, yet despicable fashion, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas are spreading their hate around for recent tornado victims. Fred Phelps and company have allegedly been trolling the Facebook pages of missing tornado victims, leaving hateful and taunting comments. While most of those comments have been deleted, they have left family members and supporters shaken and angry. On Monday, when only 89 deaths had been confirmed, WBC posted a scathing and gleeful document on its website, celebrating the deaths as proof of God's anger over rampant homosexuality. The most recent flier, dated May 25, begins by thanking God...
  • Joplin Doctor Details Tornado Aftermath

    05/28/2011 6:26:03 AM PDT · by birddog · 25 replies
    The City Wire ^ | 5/27/11 | Kevin Kikta
    45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011. My name is Dr. Kevin Kikta, and I was one of two emergency room doctors who were on duty at St. John’s Regional MedicalCenter in Joplin, MO on Sunday May 22,2011. You never know that it will be the most important day of your life until the day is over. The day started like any other day for me: waking up, eating, going to the gym, showering, and going to my 400pm ER shift. As I drove to the hospital I mentally prepared for my shift as I always...
  • Husband gave life to save wife from tornado — ‘He was my hero’

    05/27/2011 1:22:10 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 9 replies ^ | Fri May 27, 11:39 am ET | Zachary Roth
    As a tornado tore his Joplin, Mo., home apart, Don Lansaw did what came naturally: He threw himself on top of his wife Bethany to protect her. And in doing so, he gave his life for her. Lansaw's is just one of several tales of heroism, heartbreak, and amazing escapes that have emerged from the spate of violent weather events that swept the center of the country this week. As many as 125 people are thought to have been killed by the Joplin tornado alone. "The house was ripping apart, it all happened so fast," Bethany Lansaw told NBC News....
  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman killed in Chickasha lived a vibrant life

    05/27/2011 7:19:40 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 16 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 27, 2011 | Megan Rolland
    CHICKASHA, Okla. -- Laron Short returned to her family home in Chickasha Monday night after a five-month trip to Australia ready to tell her friends and family about her new love, a man she met while abroad. Short, 24, never got the chance. She died Tuesday when a tornado destroyed her mother's mobile home. Her death has been “shattering” to the small close-knit college in Chickasha where Short graduated in December, said J.C. Casey, a communications professor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. “I loved her very much,” said Casey, who was Short's professor, adviser and friend....
  • Odd debris found around Norman following twisters

    05/27/2011 6:36:18 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 5 replies
    The Norman (Okla.) Transcript ^ | May 27, 2011 | Andrew Knittle
    NORMAN, Okla. — The power generated by a tornado is hard to wrap the mind around. They can scoop up entire houses and fling them thousands of feet. Big rigs are blown apart like papier mâché toy trucks, and even cows have been known to take a ride they didn’t sign up for. And with at least 10 souls lost to the tornadoes that ripped through central Oklahoma on Tuesday, they can be — and often are — deadly. Even though Norman and much of Cleveland County was spared during the outbreak Tuesday, it was affected in a different way....
  • Blunt Wants Federal Government to Do More for Joplin

    05/26/2011 3:14:25 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 15 replies
    CBS St Louis ^ | 5/26/2011 | Kevin Killeen
    Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he’s asking the federal government to reimburse 100 percent of the cost to local governments dealing with the Joplin tornado aftermath.
  • Dog with two broken legs finds owner after storm (aww - hanky alert)

    05/26/2011 12:44:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 57 replies
    A scruffy Alabama terrier mix named Mason was whisked away by fierce twisters last month, prompting his owners, who lost their home in the storm, to fear the worst. But the redoubtable mutt apparently crawled back to his home days later with two broken legs in a remarkable tale of survival. Local news outlet WBRC reports that Mason was blown away by the storm from the garage in Birmingham where he was hiding on April 27. His owners looked for him everywhere but couldn't find him. Two and a half weeks later, though, they found Mason waiting for them on...
  • Names of 232 missing after Joplin tornado released

    05/26/2011 12:25:32 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1+ views
    excerpt- The death toll rose Wednesday to 125 people, not all of them identified, and officials have estimated more than 900 were injured.
  • At Joplin Walmart, Death, Survival and the ‘Best Soda I Ever Had’

    05/26/2011 10:05:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 May 2011 | Amy Merrick
    When Cameron Paul, a Walmart employee in Joplin, Mo., was growing up, he and his father would go storm-chasing. From what seemed to be a safe distance, Mr. Paul’s father, a freelance photographer, would shoot pictures of funnel clouds. In southwest Missouri, there were plenty to keep them busy. “When other people might have fire drills, we’d have tornado drills,” Mr. Paul said. Many residents had storm shelters in their yards, and tornado warnings happened so often, “it was almost like crying wolf,” he said. None of that prepared him for Sunday evening, when Mr. Paul, 19 years old, was...
  • Minneapolis Police Add Patrols to Prevent Looting

    05/25/2011 7:30:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5/25/11 | Joe Mazan
    Minneapolis Police are adding patrols to the northside to prevent looting. Broadway Liquor Outlet lost thousands of dollars in inventory because of looters right after the storm hit Sunday. Police say they've had a few reports of looting at homes and businesses.
  • Body of toddler Skyular Logsdon found in Joplin morgue (16 month old swept from Mother's arms)

    05/25/2011 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 41 replies
    KC STAR ^ | 25 May 11 | James Hart
    The remains of Skyular Logsdon, a 16-month-old who disappeared during the tornado Sunday in Joplin, were identified at a morgue there on Wednesday evening, a family member said.The search for Skyular, who was ripped from his mother’s arms by the storm, attracted national attention. The little boy’s great-uncle made the identification, said Rhonda Brewer, the stepmother of the child’s uncle. Skyular’s father was recently released from the hospital, and his mother is still being treated. Read more:
  • Woman dies of heart attack when told of father's tornado death

    05/25/2011 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/11 | John Stevens
    A 54-year-old Missouri woman has died after suffering a heart attack when told of her father's death in the Joplin tornado. The grieving woman collapsed after being told that her father was among the dead after the tornado hit. Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges said the woman who died on Tuesday didn't immediately learn of her father's death in the historic storm that has killed more than 120 people.
  • Tornado Debris From Joplin (MO) Found 150 Miles Away

    05/25/2011 8:55:56 AM PDT · by rond · 22 replies
    KSPR ^ | May 24, 2011 | KSPR
    Ella Rogers saw the piece of paper in her yard and couldn't quite figure it out, at first. It was a canceled check, dated 1996 and written to a water company. Just a slip of paper, signifying a payment on a long-ago utility bill. The check was written by a woman in Joplin, whose house was destroyed in Sunday's storm. "She lost everything," a colleague of the Joplin woman told KSPR News on Tuesday. "We just collected money in the office for her because she doesn't have anything left." Save for her life, of course -- and her connection to...
  • A frantic search for baby missing in storm (Joplin, MO - Heartbreaking!)

    05/25/2011 4:39:11 AM PDT · by mmanager · 37 replies
    St. Louis Dispatch ^ | May 25, 2011 | Todd Frankel
    JOPLIN, MO. • They had to find Skyular. They wanted the baby boy home. The 16-month-old disappeared from his mother's arms and into the massive tornado that two days earlier had destroyed so much of this city. His mother and father had been taken to a hospital, severely injured. Skyular, a small boy with light brown hair and big brown eyes, was gone. His relatives were going to try to find him. It would be a frantic day of false starts and conflicting reports, of searching hospitals, online message boards and missing person rolls — all to try to solve...