President Obama Visits Tornado Ravaged Joplin
Barack Obama took time to visit with the residents of tornado ravaged Joplin,
MO on Sunday, after returning from a six day diplomatic tour of Europe. The President visited Missouri Southern State
University where he participated in a memorial service and spoke to area
residents, many of whom had lost everything.
no doubt in my mind that Joplin will rebuild," Obama said at the event.
"As president, I can tell you that your country will be there with you
every single step of the way."
142 people died
in the tornadoes which struck the town of Joplin a week ago. 2011 has been the deadliest year for tornadoes
since such records first started being kept almost 60 years ago. Tuscaloosa AL was severely damaged by
tornadoes in April (nearly 300 were killed), and Memphis TN was similarly
affected by floods during the same period.
President Obama visited both cities in the aftermath.
accompanied to Joplin by Federal Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate, as
well as Governor Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) for a motorcade
tour of the affected area. Gov. Nixon
spoke at length about the devastation from last week’s tornadoes.
"It seems inconceivable that just one
week ago, the people of Joplin were going about their daily lives," Nixon
said. He also added "It's going to take a higher power" to help the
area to rebuild and be restored.
The tornado cut
a swath of destruction nearly a mile wide, destroying nearly 8,000 buildings in
Joplin, which boasts a population of around 50,000.
Many people who
attended Sunday’s Memorial service said that the President’s presence in Joplin
helped them in their grieving process, and went on to say that they are
determined to move forward with the rebuilding.
The events in
Joplin vividly illustrate how important it is to be prepared in the event of an
emergency. Tornadoes give very little
warning, if any, and those few seconds may be the difference between life and
In the event of
such a disaster, have a place to go. If
you’re facing down a tornado, the best choice is to get to your basement, if
you have one. If not, go to the
innermost room of your home, preferably one without windows. If all else fails, get in your bathtub and
pull the shower curtain over you.
If you are
caught outdoors, find the nearest ditch or gully and throw yourself into it. If
you are driving, stop and get out of your car and seek immediate shelter. Trying to outrun or avoid a tornado is
begging for trouble.
not destroy your property, but they can certainly cause much in the way of
damage. Know who you are going to call
in the event of such a catastrophe. Very
often, water damage accompanies tornado problems, so have the number of your
local, IICRC certified water damage restoration company. They can be onsite within an hour of your
call to assess your damage and begin repair and restoration procedures designed
to return your home or business to its pre-loss condition.
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