Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110045

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JEFFERSON CITY

May 23, 2011

Joplin Tornado Situation Report, May 22, 11:30 p.m.

Joplin Tornado Situation Report, May 22, 11:30 p.m.

Summary

On May 22, 2011 severe storms impacted Missouri with significant damage to the City of Joplin.  Other counties reported minor damages: Saline County (one residence destroyed with minor injuries to occupant), Lafayette County (two residences with minor damage), and Stone (two mobile homes and two turkey barns damaged) counties. 

Governor Jay Nixon deployed 100 National Guardsmen to the affected area with specialized equipment to aid in search and rescue and debris clearing.

Electric Outages – Empire Electric – 20,000 with restoration times to be assessed and reported after daylight.

New MAC Electric (Neosho)– reporting 1000 residents out which is down from 4000 out earlier.

Shelter – Currently one shelter is open at Missouri Southern State College with 110 individuals reported at the shelter.

Forecast information –

Overnight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind between 9 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Joplin (Jasper County) – Widespread damage, EMD reports 2,000 structures destroyed including residences, businesses, schools, apartment complexes and churches. St. John's Regional Medical Center was badly damaged and patients are being evacuated.  Thirty (30) deaths have been reported.

Lafayette County – residence destroyed with minor injuries

Stone County – two mobile homes and damages to two turkey barns reported.

ESF #2: A Highway Patrol command truck is en route to the affected areas to assist with communications. A State Area Coordination Center kit is being sent to support emergency phones. The Joplin Police Department communications system is not functioning. Jasper County has limited radio capability. Jasper County 911 is fully functional.

ESF 4 and 9 -  Mo Task Force 1 en route (85 members, 4 dogs, heavy equipment)...KC fire heavy rescue en route.  In-region resources on scene; Region D Incident Support Team on site. Logan-Rogersville and Springfield Fire Search &Rescue assets on scene.
 
Division of Fire Safety Investigators Robbie Sterner and Randy Sweet in Joplin PD EOC to assist.
 
Region I and Region C S&R assets are on standby at this time.
 
Mutual aid assets staging area is Middle School on 50th Street.
 
Bob Patterson with St. John's is EMS coordinator in EOC.
 

ESF #6 Health -  A synopsis of the current messaging in relation to Mass Care and Volunteers:
 
For victims to let their friends and family know they are safe: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
 
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
 
Shelter location: Missouri Southern State College at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
 
Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
 
Medical Volunteers: https://www.showmeresponse.org/
 
Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500           

ESF 12 – Public Service Commission reports that telephone contact with Empire Gas is very sporadic making outage information difficult to obtain.

ESF 13 - ESF #13-  MSHP has assigned troopers from other regions to respond to Joplin.  There are currently 51 troopers and a mobile command vehicle with 4 communications personnel on scene or en route. They are currently assessing the needs for the morning and will be sending 19 more officers tomorrow.

For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail mike.oconnell@dps.mo.gov