Joplin team heads to Moore, Okla., to help assess needs, Ameren works to restore power to customers

May 21, 2013

People after Joplin tornado
Two years after a tornado devastated their community, Joplin public safety workers have organized a team to help assist in Moore, OK.
Credit Matt Evans / KBIA

Officials in Joplin, Mo., have brought together a team of public safety employees that they are sending to tornado-stricken Moore.

Joplin  - devastated by a tornado two years ago - yesterday organized a team of about a dozen police and firefighters to assist in Moore.

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr says his community remembers the assistance it received in 2011 and feels an obligation to lend a hand in Moore.

The team from Joplin is to conduct a needs assessment and help determine areas in which Moore needs further assistance. Joplin will also work to provide other assistance.

Meanwhile, Ameren Missouri has released a statement saying its Emergency Operations Center is open as efforts are underway to restore power after last night’s severe storms. Ameren reports that most of its service area was affected by the storms leaving more than 9,000 customers without power this morning. Officials say they expect to have power restored to customers by the end of the day.