Family is about coming together and helping one another. As many of you know, there were massive and devastating tornadoes that hit families and residents very early this morning Joplin, Missouri. Le Top family sends our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this unfortunate and terrible disaster.
Much of the city’s south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins.
Fire chief Mitch Randles estimated that 25 to 30% of the city was damaged, and said his own home was among the buildings destroyed as the twister swept through this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City.
Find ways to help the families of Joplin, Missouri below
St. John’s has been updating its Facebook page through since the storm hit.
And another Facebook page has been established to help located people in the area.
Emergency officials are asking sightseers to stay away from the area while the damage is assessed. To volunteer, call 1-800-427-4626 or click here.
The Red Cross says volunteers are being mobilized and a shelter has been set up at Missouri Southern State College at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin at the Leggett & Platt Ath Center.
To locate a loved one, or report yourself safe and well, click here.
For nurses or doctors looking to help, call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the Red Cross.
Health professionals are also encouraged to register to volunteer through the Show-Me Response website.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking all first responders to go to Joplin to a command post at 34th & Main.
Click here for a list of Red Cross shelters.
Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals are urged to call 211.
The United Way’s 211 service number is now available for most areas in Missouri. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 1-800-427-4626.
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is in need of type “O” blood. If you’d like to donate, click here for a list of donation sites.
Weather and emergency information also are available on the state of Missouri’s website, MO.gov.
Senator Roy blunt is also urging everyone to proceed safely and use extra precautions. He says to call his office (417) 877-7814 for help.
And another Facebook page has been established to help link pets with their owners.