joplin tornado first response fund

Joplin tornado damage
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A fund for victims of the 2011 Joplin tornado has closed after distributing nearly $1 million to residents and nonprofits.

The Joplin City Council this week commended the board of trustees of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund for their work.

The fund gave out $998,201 in assistance after the tornado, which killed 161 and destroyed thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses.

The Joplin Globe reports city documents show the fund received donations ranging from just $1 to $119,000 from people throughout the world.


Officials of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce have presented the first installment of a special fund for the town of Moore, Okla., following last week’s EF5 tornado that devastated the city.

The Joplin Globe reports the $20,000-dollars in donations delivered Saturday are intended to help the Moore Chamber of Commerce start its own business recovery fund.

  Two years to the day that an EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, killing 161 people, the city was greeted with near perfect weather, as thousands came out Wednesday to honor the lives of those lost, and reflect upon the continuing recovery effort.

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Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr wants the city to distribute weather radios to all Joplin homes that don't already have one.  Rohr says a survey indicated 58 percent of Joplin homes don't have a weather radio, meaning the city would have to distribute about 11 thousand radios at a cost of more than 300 thousand dollars.

The Joplin Globe reports the state denied the city's application for money to fund the project. The American Red Cross donated 50 thousand dollars and Rohr says he will ask the Joplin Tornado First Response fund for an additional 250 thousand dollars.