Missouri Disaster Assistance
Our neighbors in the Joplin area have been affected by strong, destructive storms.
The most up-to-date information about the disaster in Joplin can be found on the city's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/CityofJoplin, and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce page.
To contribute $10 to the relief effort, text the word Redcross to 90999, or donate online at Red Cross of the Ozarks. Support the purchase of medical supplies, food and other basic necessities by making a donation to these organizations that are already on the ground serving in the Joplin area:
• Red Cross of the Ozarks
• Salvation Army Disaster Services
• Convoy of Hope
• Heart of Missouri United Way
• United Way of the Plains
The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has lifted its Code Red Alert for type “O Negative” blood. But the center is asking people to continue making donations if they are able. Please use the hot link above to read more about the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks' efforts.
If you have relatives or friends in the Joplin area that you have not been able to contact, please visit the Red Cross's Safe and Well registry. Authorities are asking that you keep the phone lines clear by using text messaging and social networks on the Internet.
The Missouri Division of Tourism’s Welcome Center on Southbound I-44 has power and water. Travelers are encouraged to stop there for travel-related information. Also, check the Missouri Department of Transportation website for road conditions in and around Joplin: http://maps.modot.mo.gov/timi/.
Recovery efforts from the Good Friday tornado that hit the St. Louis area are ongoing. Please use the links below to find information about specific cities impacted by that storm.
• Maryland Heights
In Southwest Missouri, Branson and surrounding communities have been impacted by storms and torrential rains in recent weeks. Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake are experiencing elevated water levels. For information and updates on these lakes, visit the Ozark Water Watch Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ozarks-Water-Watch-Beaver-Table-Rock-Taneycomo-Bull-Shoals-Lakes/209258862420052.
Elevated water levels continue to be a major issue in Southeast Missouri. The Southeast Missourian newspaper, based in Cape Girardeau, has a special webpage devoted to stories, updates and information on this region of the state. To learn more, click here. More information can be found on the Missouri Department of Agriculture's website here.
The 211 Helpline also has a website with information about assistance efforts in Missouri.
For the latest updates and information, please remember to check www.Mo.Gov.
The State Emergency Management Agency has information on disaster recovery assistance here.