CITY OF JOPLINLocated in the southwest corner of Missourinear the intersection of I-44 and Hwy 71Population 50,175Average daytime population 240,000 825,500 People live within a one hour drive of Joplin
MAY 22, 2011- THE WARNINGCity Emergency Management Department was first alerted tosignificant weather possibilities at around 12:00 noon.We were placed under Tornado watch and Thunderstorm watchshort after 12:00The first Tornado warning was issues at 5:17 on 5/22/2011, Sirenswere sounded.Second sounding of the tornado sirens occurred at 5:37.Tornado first touched down in the City at 5:41
TORNADO PATH AND DESTRUCTIONInitial touch down was on the western edge of the city.Tornado initially estimated as EF-3 and was approximately ¼ milewideProgressed slowly eastward at speeds between 10-25 mph.Upon reaching the center of town the tornado had strengthened toa EF-5 and was approximately ½ mile wide.Still an EF-5 it now widens to approximately ¾ mile wide.Exited the east limits of the City of Joplin and entered City ofDuquesne as an EF-5 and approximately ½ mile wide.Passed through Duquesne and crossed I-44 and started lifting.Tornado was on the ground in the City for approximately 20 mins.Debris from the tornado was visible on Radar.Debris was found as far away as Springfield Missouri, orapproximately 70 miles.
SEARCH & RESCUE OPERATIONS5,000 Emergency Servicespersonnel from over 439different departmentresponded.6 full search passes weremade through the entiredamage area.
ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL DESTROYED Two Major Regional Health Facilities in community….one is totally destroyed.
TEMPORARY EMERGENCY MEDICALArmy “MASH” type facility at thehospital location.City Municipal building “MemorialHall” became primary triagefacility.
CITY OF JOPLIN - UTILITIES Electricity, Gas and Water services are provided by a private 3rd party utility company. The city has recently undergone a resurgence of business in the downtown area but the main business and retail area remains about 3 miles from the downtown area.
INFRASTRUCTURE – UTILITIESWide spread electrical outagesDamaged/missing distribution pointsNumerous natural gas leaksWater system was OOS • Missing hydrants • Damaged Houses and commercial buildings • Damaged sprinkler systemsLand line phone systemCell phone voice messaging was out/spotty • Texting worked
INFRASTRUCTURE - STREETS95% of Primary & Secondary Streets inthe Destruction Area were impassibleMost street signs, street lights, & trafficsignals /signs were missing.More than 110 Public Works Departmentsresponded with crews and equipment. 36hours after the storm 100% of primaryand 70% of the secondary streets wereaccessible.
LOST CITY RESOURCESTwo Fire StationsThree Fire TrucksSenior Citizens CenterFive Parks & Aquatic CenterMAPS Trolley SheltersCurbs, Streets, Sidewalks, LightsSigns & SignalsEmergency SirensCommunication Antennas
MEDIAAll the major news networkswere in town within 24 hours.Most were in and out for theentire week up to thePresidents visit on May 29th.
FEMA / SEMA - RESPONSEOn scene within first 24hoursProvided support ofemergency operationsalready in placeProviding assistance withreplacement ofInfrastructureCorp of Engineers providedand oversaw debrisremoval including EDRprogramProvided more than $19million assistance toresidence with housing andtransportation issues.
Tornado generated an estimated 3 million CubicYards of Residential Debris.FEMA/USACE contractors removed 1.46 millionCubic Yards by Aug 7 under the 90/10 EDRInitiative.Property owners & volunteers have removedanother 1.5 million Cubic Yards
FEMA – TEMPORARY HOUSINGAs of October 20th, have provided housing assistance to 2,972 familiesat a cost of $7,526,114Other needs to 2,627 households at a cost of $12,484,047To date has placed 569 families in temporary homes and is workingtoward a total of 599.
VOLUNTEERSMIRACLE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT92,314 registered volunteers528,242 hours of serviceMillions of dollars in donations
Size of damage areaNumber of people affectedAmount of debrisInflux of people and resourcesNeed for special resourcesDamaged infrastructureCommunicationsSevere weather continued for 3 daysLarge number of missing/unaccounted forSpecial visitorsMediaMedical ServicesAnimal Control
WHY WE ARE SUCCEEDINGTeamwork • Provided clear goals, objectives and assignments • Uniform focus and directionPre-established relationships locally, regionally, StatewideSuccess of local, regional and state mutual aid systemsCan do type of attitude, Failure/lack of action was not acceptableAccountability