FAMILIES OF JOPLIN, MISSOURI TORNADO SURVIVORS WERE WITHOUT COMMUNICATION LINES AFTER THE STORM

FAMILIES OF JOPLIN, MISSOURI TORNADO SURVIVORS WERE WITHOUT COMMUNICATION LINES AFTER THE STORM

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

Can you imagine not being able to communicate with loved ones when you come pretty close to being swept away by a deadly storm? Many victims of the last horrifying tornado in Joplin were not lucky enough to be able to reflect on what happened.May 22nd, 2011 was a busy day for the media. CBS News headlines read, “Tornado Slams Joplin; Dozens Feared Dead.” The survivors could have painted a different picture after being described in the article by a Joplin Globe News Reporter that was interviewed by the Associated Press.{{more}} Jeff Lehr , reporter for the Joplin Globe news, said the neighbors he found wandering around the streets covered in mud and checking out what was left of their home,”…could have resembled the “walking dead” like a movie from the past.” Deadly storms continue to sweep the USA. The most recent tornado that caused sirens to sound off touched down in the Southwest causing an emergency disaster for the city of Joplin, Missouri, with a population known to be about 50,000, and 160 miles South of Kansas. On Sunday, the tornado rapidly demolished houses that were left behind for debris. Family members were unable to reach their loved ones after communication lines were cut off from the storm. Currently, there are many groups of people who have joined in to help the victims who lost their homes.The Detroit Free Press also reported on May 22, 2011 in an article, Tornadoes hit Central U.S, it was stated that a tornadoes hit Central U.S. and that twenty-four residents of Joplin were known to be dead. After being notified by Emergency Management the next day the death toll was confirmed to be 116 and this storm became 8th deadliest tornado of the year. According to the Press on April 25 to 28 2011, 326 people have died in 875 tornadoes that have swept through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia. It has been the deadliest numbers for deaths and tornadoes in this country since 1974.