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Photo Essay: Clean Up and Relief Efforts Are Underway in Joplin

Joplin Tornado Map

The American Red Cross and other agencies are still on the ground in Joplin to help with relief and clean-up efforts following the May 22 tornado that struck the town. KSMU's Jeremy Shreckhise compiled this photo essay.

The location for the MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center) for the Joplin relief effort is being provided by The Bridge, a Christian youth activities center. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) This is the first Red Cross Disaster Relief vehicle to arrive in Joplin. Due to the extent of the destruction, it established a communication link to the outside world.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A satellite map showing the path the tornado took.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) This FEMA map shows the extent of the damage to Joplin.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) San Diego resident and Red Cross Public Information Supervisor Amy Hegy has volunteered with the Red Cross since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) In her third year as a Red Cross volunteer, Debbie Leavitt traveled from Los Angeles to lend a hand. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The Multi-Agency Resource Center Registration Form, the first step in toward aid for a Joplin tornado survivor. (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A survivor of the Joplin tornado registering with a Rec Cross volunteer at the MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center). (Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Once a survivor of the tornado completes the MARC form, their identity and location are verified. It is then accepted by over forty participating aid organizations including FEMA, the Red Cross, and The Salvation Army.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Each registered survivor receives a Jumpstart to Recovery Kit.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Each Jumpstart to Recovery Kit contains two blankets, two pair of work gloves, a note pad & pen, a first aid kit, and a combination radio/flashlight.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Snacks are provided for survivors who visit the MARC.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Survivors filling out detailed reports about their tornado experience with Red Cross counselers.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Stuffed animals are given to comfort survivors both young and old.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A survivor talking to The Salvation Army for assistance.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of the organizations offering assistance is Operation Blessing, who will help survivors with debris clean up.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Another service at the MARC, this mobile eye clinic will provide replacements to those who need to replace lost or damaged glasses.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief have volunteered their time to cook meals for Joplin survivors.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The volunteer cooks preparing a meal for Joplin survivors.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of three cookers used to prepare the meals.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Diced chicken and celery for chicken noodle soup dinner that survivors will be sure to enjoy.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The prepared food will be placed in these containers and distributed to the community via twelve ERV's (Emergency Response Vehicles).
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of the ERV's, each serving Joplin as a mobile hot meal line. Over 15,000 hot meals are served in Joplin thus far.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A volunteer serving lunch out of an ERV. Over 2,000 hot lunches are served each day.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A volunteer serving lunch out of an ERV. Around 2,000 hot lunches are served each day.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The hot and hearty lunch of the day: Beans and sausage, seasoned potatoes, bread, and chocolate pudding.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Bottled water to be distributed to Joplin survivors and relief volunteers.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Pallets of donated items brought to The Bridge to be distributed to the Joplin community.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of several distribution points for groceries and basic household items.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Tornado survivors picking up needed supplies.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) All items are offered to Joplin survivors free of charge.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Baby food is a much needed item for many Joplin survivors.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One Red Cross Disaster Relief trailer contains everything needed to set up a temporary shelter for displaced residents. Five trailers were sent to Joplin.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The Joplin shelter has been set up at Missouri State Southern.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) AT&T has provided free internet access at the shelter for displaced residents, free of charge.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The shelter cafeteria, located in one of MSSU's gymnasiums. 
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The 3rd and 4th grade classes of one Chicago school sent the shelter residents thoughtful cards and warm wishes.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Encouraging messages like this one were posted all over the shelter.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Books and games are provided to the shelter residents to help provide a much needed break from disaster clean up.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Displaced Joplin residents' home away from home.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Supplies used by on-site doctors and nurses to help shelter residents who require medical attention.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Several residents require special accommodations like oxygen.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Crayons ready to be used by the children of the shelter.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Many children who have been through the Joplin tornado will require special  counseling in the days to come.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A mobile Post Office for residents of the Joplin shelter.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of the damaged houses on the edge of the affected area in Joplin.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) One of the few houses in this Joplin neighborhood with walls still standing.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A badly damaged houses on the edge of the affected area in Joplin. Most neighborhoods in the affected area are completely gone.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The siding and windows of this home were punctured and shattered by flying debris.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) These vehicles were tossed around like toys during the storm that ravaged Joplin.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) A flattened home on 15th Street in Joplin.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Twisted steel beams are all that remain of this Joplin business.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) Heavy equipment is being used to clean up most of the decimated businesses.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) This vehicle is sitting in front of what used to be a Joplin business.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) What used to be the Home Depot of Joplin, is now a pile of rubble.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The almost unrecognizable remains of a building and truck.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise) The National Guard now stands watch at what used to be the intersection of 20th Street and Range Line Road in Joplin, Missouri.
(Photo credit: Jeremy Shreckhise)