Collection: Missouri Storms, Tornadoes & Floods

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Videos about the Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes, And Flooding, declared a major disaster on May 9, 2011. This collection includes videos from Joplin, Mo.
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September 20, 2013
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  • On June 28, 2011 FEMA hosted a "sustainable communities workshop" in Greensburg, Kan. which was attended by people from Joplin and two southeast U.S. communities recently damaged by tornadoes. They are there to learn from Greensburg's challenges and experiences after an EF-5 tornado destroyed much of their town on May 4, 2007.

    Sustainable Communities Workshop

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    On June 28, 2011 FEMA hosted a "sustainable communities workshop" in Greensburg, Kan. which was attended by people from Joplin and two southeast U.S. communities recently damaged by tornadoes. They are there to learn from Greensburg's challenges and experiences after an EF-5 tornado destroyed much of their town on May 4, 2007.
  • FEMA participated in a conference of area builders and homeowners to offer advice and consider exceeding the minimum requirements of state and local building codes – building Joplin back stronger and safer.

    Rebuild Joplin Stronger

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    FEMA participated in a conference of area builders and homeowners to offer advice and consider exceeding the minimum requirements of state and local building codes – building Joplin back stronger and safer.
  • Trees are a very important part of a community.  Missouri Department of Conservation is checking trees throughout the tornado damaged areas of Joplin to see how many can be saved, and developing plans where new trees can be planted.

    Assessing Tornado Damaged Trees

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    Trees are a very important part of a community. Missouri Department of Conservation is checking trees throughout the tornado damaged areas of Joplin to see how many can be saved, and developing plans where new trees can be planted.
  • An open house was hosted by the Citizen Advisory Recovery Team that was created in June and includes Joplin business leaders and city officials. Citizens were able to discuss the future of the area, explore potential opportunities the tornado has brought to the community, identify those assets that make the area a great place to live and the challenges the community will face in rebuilding so many homes and neighborhoods.

    Long Term Recovery Open House

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    An open house was hosted by the Citizen Advisory Recovery Team that was created in June and includes Joplin business leaders and city officials. Citizens were able to discuss the future of the area, explore potential opportunities the tornado has brought to the community, identify those assets that make the area a great place to live and the challenges the community will face in rebuilding so many homes and neighborhoods.
  • FEMA's Private Sector Division cultivates public-private collaboration and networking to support businesses affected by a disaster.

    Facilitating Business Recovery

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    FEMA's Private Sector Division cultivates public-private collaboration and networking to support businesses affected by a disaster.
  • Two Joplin residents work to bring some normalcy to their tornado-damaged neighborhood.

    Patch of Green

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    Two Joplin residents work to bring some normalcy to their tornado-damaged neighborhood.
  • The school year in Joplin will start on August 17, 2011 - just 85 days after an EF-5 tornado hit the city.  Local officials have worked tirelessly with federal, state, voluntary, and faith-based organizations to facilitate the schools opening on time.

    School Year is Starting in Joplin, Mo.

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    The school year in Joplin will start on August 17, 2011 - just 85 days after an EF-5 tornado hit the city. Local officials have worked tirelessly with federal, state, voluntary, and faith-based organizations to facilitate the schools opening on time.
  • In the spring of 2011, floodwaters hit Morehouse, MO, leaving the town submerged for 10 days, sustaining water damage in almost two-thirds of its residences. Once the floodwaters receded many homes were unfit for occupation due
to mold and other damage. They had to be demolished -- down to the slab. FEMA's Voluntary Agency Liaison
Group Supervisor Miriam Gelo working on assignment in Missouri put out the call for help and the Mennonite Disaster Service answered. They sent volunteer Roger Claassen and his mini-excavator 550 miles to Morehouse, MO to do the job.

    Mennonite Volunteer Helps Missouri Town

    Video by Leo Anderson
    In the spring of 2011, floodwaters hit Morehouse, MO, leaving the town submerged for 10 days, sustaining water damage in almost two-thirds of its residences. Once the floodwaters receded many homes were unfit for occupation due to mold and other damage. They had to be demolished -- down to the slab. FEMA's Voluntary Agency Liaison Group Supervisor Miriam Gelo working on assignment in Missouri put out the call for help and the Mennonite Disaster Service answered. They sent volunteer Roger Claassen and his mini-excavator 550 miles to Morehouse, MO to do the job.
  • A family that lost their home in May during the Joplin tornado, is happy to live in a FEMA temporary mobile home as their home is being rebuilt.

    Family Moves into FEMA Temporary Housing

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    A family that lost their home in May during the Joplin tornado, is happy to live in a FEMA temporary mobile home as their home is being rebuilt.
  • Sedalia, Mo -- Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Manager Dave Clippert utilizes social media to inform the citizens of Sedalia of upcoming weather and other emergency events. Clippert was on hand during the EF2 tornado that struck the city days after the Joplin disaster.  Jace Anderson/FEMA

    Sedalia Social Media

    Video by Leo Anderson
    Sedalia, Mo -- Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Manager Dave Clippert utilizes social media to inform the citizens of Sedalia of upcoming weather and other emergency events. Clippert was on hand during the EF2 tornado that struck the city days after the Joplin disaster. Jace Anderson/FEMA
  • Six months after an EF-f tornado hit Joplin, Mo on May 22, 2011 5:41PM, city residents gather at Cunningham Park to remember the 161 lives lost and to reflect upon their progress in rebuilding the city.

    Joplin Remembers; Six Months Later

    Video by Steve Zumwalt
    Six months after an EF-f tornado hit Joplin, Mo on May 22, 2011 5:41PM, city residents gather at Cunningham Park to remember the 161 lives lost and to reflect upon their progress in rebuilding the city.
  • Kansas City, MO -- Promotional video for upcoming NDRF event January 10, 2012.

    Stakeholder Seminar Promotional Video

    Video by Leo Anderson
    Kansas City, MO -- Promotional video for upcoming NDRF event January 10, 2012.
  • FEMA Mitigation assists in the rebuilding to he historic and massive outbreak of tornadoes across many Southern States of 2011.

    MITIGATION: The Tornado Outbreak of 2011 (EKE)

    Video by John McDerMott
    FEMA Mitigation assists in the rebuilding to he historic and massive outbreak of tornadoes across many Southern States of 2011.
  • An animated illustration of the key Safe Room design elements that give a Safe Room "near abdolute protection" from a severe storm, tornado or hurricane.

    What Makes a Safe Room Safe? (EKE)

    Video by John McDerMott
    An animated illustration of the key Safe Room design elements that give a Safe Room "near abdolute protection" from a severe storm, tornado or hurricane.
  • Architect Corey Schultz - discusses concepts to make hospitals safer for non-ambulatory people and caretakers during severe weather.

    Corey Schultz - HOSPITAL STORM SHELTERS (EKE)

    Video by John McDerMott
    Architect Corey Schultz - discusses concepts to make hospitals safer for non-ambulatory people and caretakers during severe weather.
  • Corey Schultz - discusses the design concepts of MULTI-USE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SHELTERS (7 MINUTES)

    Corey Schultz - MULTI-USE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SHELTERS (EKE)

    Video by John McDerMott
    Corey Schultz - discusses the design concepts of MULTI-USE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SHELTERS (7 MINUTES)
  • In May 2008, Tom Cook and his teenage daughter Ryanne survived a catastrophic tornado in Racine, MO, that leveled their home.  But Tom's wife of 19 years and Ryanne's mother did not survive.  Following this tragic event, Tom vowed to be prepared for disasters in the future. 

Tom and Ryanne moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri, to rebuild--this time with a safe room in their garage.  This decision proved fortuitous when an EF-5 tornado touched down just three years later on May 22, 2011.  The storm leveled their home; however, Tom and Ryanne were safe and unharmed. "It was blown away completely - again," Tom said. "The only thing standing was that storm room."

    Safe Room Testimonial Video - Tom Cook

    Video by Ed Laatsch
    In May 2008, Tom Cook and his teenage daughter Ryanne survived a catastrophic tornado in Racine, MO, that leveled their home. But Tom's wife of 19 years and Ryanne's mother did not survive. Following this tragic event, Tom vowed to be prepared for disasters in the future. Tom and Ryanne moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri, to rebuild--this time with a safe room in their garage. This decision proved fortuitous when an EF-5 tornado touched down just three years later on May 22, 2011. The storm leveled their home; however, Tom and Ryanne were safe and unharmed. "It was blown away completely - again," Tom said. "The only thing standing was that storm room."
  • Interview with Bob Franke (FEMA Region VII) regarding FEMA P-320 (Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business) and other guidance/research on regarding building a safe room.  The videos includes Safe Room animations developed by FEMA Region VII.  

The video also features footage from the Safe Room Testimonial Video featuring Tom Cook:

In May 2008, Tom Cook and his teenage daughter Ryanne survived a catastrophic tornado in Racine, MO, that leveled their home. But Tom's wife of 19 years and Ryanne's mother did not survive. Following this tragic event, Tom vowed to be prepared for disasters in the future. Tom and Ryanne moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri, to rebuild--this time with a safe room in their garage. This decision proved fortuitous when an EF-5 tornado touched down just three years later on May 22, 2011. The storm leveled their home; however, Tom and Ryanne were safe and unharmed. "It was blown away completely - again," Tom said. "The only thing standing was that storm room."

    Safe Room Technical Guidance Video

    Video by Ed Laatsch
    Interview with Bob Franke (FEMA Region VII) regarding FEMA P-320 (Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business) and other guidance/research on regarding building a safe room. The videos includes Safe Room animations developed by FEMA Region VII. The video also features footage from the Safe Room Testimonial Video featuring Tom Cook: In May 2008, Tom Cook and his teenage daughter Ryanne survived a catastrophic tornado in Racine, MO, that leveled their home. But Tom's wife of 19 years and Ryanne's mother did not survive. Following this tragic event, Tom vowed to be prepared for disasters in the future. Tom and Ryanne moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri, to rebuild--this time with a safe room in their garage. This decision proved fortuitous when an EF-5 tornado touched down just three years later on May 22, 2011. The storm leveled their home; however, Tom and Ryanne were safe and unharmed. "It was blown away completely - again," Tom said. "The only thing standing was that storm room."
  • Joplin, Mo., Jan. 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

    Mayor of Joplin, Missouri presents Proclamation to Richard Serino

    Photo by Steven Zumwalt
    Joplin, Mo., Jan. 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA
  • Jopiln, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

    Mayor of Joplin, Missouri presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino

    Photo by Steven Zumwalt
    Jopiln, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

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