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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Joplin, Missouri tornado resources and recovery


Alexia Neal carries a pot and a bottle of syrup out of the rubble that used to be her home in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23. (Jaime Green - AP)
The southwestern Missouri city of Joplin is only now beginning to recover from a massive tornado that tore a six-mile path through the town Sunday and killed at least 116.

Hindering recovery efforts is a new storm that has gusting strong winds and is pelting the city with quarter-size hail.

About 2000 buildings were damaged in the twister, and at least a quarter of the city destroyed. An unknown number of people were injured, and officials said patients were scattered to any nearby hospitals that could take them, as Joplin’s main hospital had been leveled by the twister. Authorities are warning that the death toll still may climb.

Below is a list of resources to help find a shelter or loved one, learn how a health professional can help, or donate to recovery efforts:

Finding a shelter

Non-profit Relief Spark is posting which shelters have opened their doors.

Red Cross has a map of all its shelter centers across the U.S. and Missouri.

Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information or referrals can call 211. In areas where the 211 number is not operational, citizens can call 1-800-427-4626

Finding loved ones

A Joplin, Mo., Tornado Recovery Facebook Page and a Joplin, Mo., Survivors’ Facebook Page are helping residents find loved ones and help one another recover.

To locate a loved one, or report yourself safe and sound, go to safeandwell.org.  

To locate a lost pet, go to this Facebook page.

How health professionals can help

Nurses or doctors looking to help can call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the Red Cross or register to volunteer through the Show-Me Response Web site.  

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking all first responders to go to Joplin to a command post at 34th Street and Main Street. Relief Spark is also directing first responders to meeting places.

How you can make a call

Verizon Wireless is delivering temporary cell phone towers to Joplin. Follow Verizon’s progress in Missouri by following @VZWBrenda .

How others can help

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is in need of type "O" blood, and click here for a list of donation sites.

The Edward Jones branch office in Republic, Mo., is accepting relief items that are recommended by the American Red Cross. The Edward Jones branch is located at 253 US Highway 60 West and its telephone number is (417) 732-1151. The Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization is also accepting donations.

Other resource pages include OzarksFirst.com, the State Emergency Management Agency, and a Facebook Page for the local hospital, which was leveled in the twister.

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