This post is meant to serve as a "Table of Contents" of sorts, pulling all of my posts related to the Joplin, MO tornado tragedy of May 22, 2011 together in one place. I hope that you'll find them helpful and/or informative.
Before we get to that, I'd like to say a few more words about the people of Joplin. As long as I live, I'll never forget what I saw on my visit to the city about 10 days after the event. It wasn't the first "major" tornado event that I had witnessed (before or after) in person, but it was certainly the most devastating. Most of all, I'll never forget the people. "Resilient" is probably the first term that comes to mind, but even that doesn't give them all of the credit they deserve. The road to recovery will be a long one, but I have all of the confidence in the world that they can get the job done. Please continue to keep this community in your thoughts & prayers.
If you'd like to help the community of Joplin rebuild bigger and better than ever, please go to the Rebuild Joplin website or the Joplin Recovery facebook page for more details.
Below is a chronological listing of my posts related to the Joplin tornado, the tragedy and the recovery. Please check back, as I'll be sure to add any additional posts or updates to the list over the coming months:
-"More on Joplin, MO Tornado of 5-22-11" - the "original" post on the event
-"More on Our Visit to Joplin..." - initial thoughts after my visit of 5-31-11
-"Meet Sam: A True Survivor of the Joplin Tragedy" - the story of just one of the incredible survivors - and rebuilders - in Joplin
-"What a Tornado 'Safe Room' Can Do" - originally published after the Alabama tornado outbreak in April, but it has enormous application to the Joplin event
-"Severe Weather Safety and Preparedness" - a two part series, inspired by Joplin, with the goal of keeping families safe during severe weather events
-"Radar Imagery Associated with the Joplin Tornado of 5-22-11" - impressive imagery, including street level zooms
-"Joplin Recovery Continues - In Pictures" - a very telling photo montage of the clean-up and recovery effort, nearly 3 months later...
-"NWS Assessment Finds No Sense of Urgency Associated with Joplin Tornado Warnings..." - did the "official" warning system fall short when citizens needed it the most?
-"Joplin: Six Months Later..." the community continues to pull together, recover and rebuild...
-"#3 Weather Disaster of 2011 - The Joplin Tornado and Associated Outbreaks of May 21-26"
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