Joplin Tornado

Butterfly Garden and Overlook
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A new documentary profiles efforts to provide healing for Joplin’s tornado-stricken city. The release of “Butterfly Angels” falls on the sixth anniversary of the storm.

The seven-minute film shows how many from Joplin and the surrounding area conceptualized and created a green space and a healing garden to help citizens deal with the trauma inflicted by the tornado. It was produced by Stoneworth Studios with the TKF Foundation.

161 people were killed after the tornado swept through the city on May 22, 2011.

Jay Nixon
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Along with electing a new president in November, Missourians will vote a new governor into office. After nearly eight years leading the state, Governor Jay Nixon wants to leave office knowing Missouri’s disaster response efforts continue to make progress.

This fed into the purpose behind his ten-day trek around the state, hosting roundtable discussions with community organizations, to highlight improvements in the state’s emergency response procedures.

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In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky talks with participants in Journal Joplin, one of the ways the city is observing the fifth anniversary of the tornado.

There are 161 journals—one for each person who lost his or her life in the Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011.  And the stories in each are unique to those who wrote in them.  This project, called Journal Joplin, is part of the fifth anniversary observation of the storm that tore through the town in the early evening of that late spring day, changing people’s lives forever.

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The city of Joplin is teaming with a non-profit organization to assist local homeowners and businesses in preparing for disasters.

Lynn Onstot, the city’s public information officer, says they’ve teamed with the Louisiana-based St. Bernard Project to present a disaster resiliency session.

“Should something happen to your family or your home, you want to know where to meet, or where the papers are for your insurance claims, how to reach certain personnel at banks, things of that nature. “