Situation Report




Situation Report #: N09110047


May 23, 2011

Joplin Tornado Situation Report, 8 a.m. May 23

Joplin Tornado Situation Report, 8 a.m. May 23


At a 5:30 press conference Joplin city officials reported they had confirmed 89 deaths.
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. 

The Joplin tornado was described as being about one-half mile wide when it touched down just west of 20th and McClellan at about 5:41 p.m. Sunday. It reportedly grew to as much as three-quarters of a mile wide, before returning to about a half-mile in width and lifting up or dissipating at 20th and Prosperity Road. The track was about 4 miles long, heavily damaging residences, businesses, schools and apartment complexes. This is a densely populated section of the central city and estimates are that 10-30 percent of the city of Joplin had been damaged or destroyed, or approximately 2,000 structures.

Gov. Jay Nixon deployed 100 National Guardsmen to the affected area with specialized equipment to aid in search and rescue and debris clearing. Expected support missions include: search and rescue, emergency route clearance, communications support and security.

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

New MAC Electric (Neosho) – reporting 1200 residents out of power. The Wentworth, Diamond Grove, Spring City and Spurgeon substations were out of power due to the downed transmission lines. Power was restored to all but the Diamond Grove substation a few hours later, but still more than a 1,000 customers remained out of power. New-Mac was waiting on transmission-line restoration before the Diamond Grove substation could be energized.

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

Forecast information –

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.

Region D

Barry County – Roaring River State Park campground #3 evacuated several campers to another campground due to rising waters.

Joplin (Jasper County) –  City Manager reported the city had confirmed 89 deaths. Missouri American water issued boil order on May 22 . One long term care facility, Greenbriar Nursing Home has reportedly been destroyed. Search and rescue continues.  Walmart reportedly took a direct hit.  Communication has been severely affected and it was challenging  communicating with the area hospitals.

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.  At 11:30 conference call Joplin reported sufficient water pressure for fire fighting, but with possibility for a boil order.

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

Region A

Lafayette County – one mobile home roof off, six outbuildings destroyed, power outages with KCPL on site. 

Saline County one home damaged, with one injury

ESF#1 Interstate 44 westbound was closed at MM 18 to the Oklahoma state line. It was thought that it could reopen as of 6 a.m., but it remains closed at 7 a.m.

ESF #2Cell coverage still spotty due to damaged towers & network congestion. The State Area Coordination Center kit in staging area, awaiting orders.
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. As of midnight, difficulties communicating with hospital, and spotty cellular service and land line service.

ESF 4 and 9 -  Missouri Task Force 1, Kansas City Search and Rescue, Arkansas and Oklahoma are on scene and performing assigned missions.  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.

Region D is sending an incident support team to help at the emergency operations center. The incident support team are command-level fire officer who can assist with logistics, planning, operations and financial aspects of the response. Bureau of EMS is deploying five ambulance strike teams (25 ambulances) to the area.

ESF #6 Health - At a 5:30 press conference Joplin city officials confirmed 89 deaths.

St. John's Hospital was heavily damaged. 200 patients were expected to be moved. Some were being sent to Freeman Hospital, and there was a plan to move 150 patients from Freeman Hospital, because the hospital had many new patients arriving. The hospital y were reportedly running low on supplies, and operating on emergency power.

ESF #8  Reports 85 fatalities confirmed so far; number expected to rise. DMAT activated—deployed one team of 3 Rapid Response Branches to Joplin to set up 12-24 patient mobile emergency rooms. St John's Hospital completely evacuated. Freeman Hospital is operating under its own power.  Med Surge deployed to several locations; actual sites unknown.  EMS Bureau responded to EMAC request, as well as mutual aid, with 5 ambulance strike teams (each team consists of 5 ambulances from different jurisdictions).  DMORT advance team in place; full resources expected to deploy this morning.  Next operating period focus will be on tracking patients evacuated across the tri-state area.
Missouri's Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) resources will be used to establish three 12-24-patient mobile hospitals. They will be set up as emergency rooms. Missouri's DMAT is made up of components from Southwest Missouri, Kansas City and St. Louis.

D-MORT (Disaster Mortuary Team arriving in the morning)

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:
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
Shelter location: Missouri Southern State College at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The shelter is also accommodating pets. At about midnight, there were about
Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
Medical Volunteers:
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-  Westbound I-44 still closed, but may open by 0800; eastbound still open. DPS ICP set up and functional. 60 new troops (50 DPS, 10 Springfield PD) slated to arrive at 0700.
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.  Troop D officer is at Roaring River State Park Campground #3 evacuating residents to another campground, water levels too high, no longer safe.

ESF 16 - MONG troops staged in Carthage (a company – 140 Guardsmen were deployed). Search & Rescue (56 Guardsmen) are working with Joplin. Liaison officer in Joplin EOC as of 11:30 p.m. May 22, 2011.

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