Search and rescue efforts continue today in Joplin. Sunday’s tornado is the deadliest in the country since the National Weather Service started keeping track, 61 years ago. And, the danger’s not over. Yesterday, two police officers combing through wreckage were struck by lightning, when another storm moved through the area.
Governor Jay Nixon was touring the devastation. FEMA has extended disaster assistance to residents of Jasper and Newton Counties. Some 40 first responder groups are there, in an area very hard to navigate.
Camden County’s Emergency Management Director Denise says no other volunteers are needed, unless sent by an emergency services agency:
Attorney General Chris Koster has warned individuals and businesses against price-gouging there. He’s sent investigators to Joplin to make sure no one has suddenly and artificially raised prices on necessities, like gas, cleaning supplies, food and diapers.
Medical staffers at Saint John’s Regional Medical Center evacuated 183 patients, after the tornado struck. Five patients and an unidentified visitor lost their lives.