The Missouri Department of Public Safety has released a list of the names of people unaccounted in Joplin. 232 are still missing. Many of them are believed to be alive and simply haven’t been in touch with friends or family. This is the press release issued Thursday:
Under the Department of Public Safety’s direction, a team of more than 60 law enforcement officers, State Emergency Management Agency personnel, Red Cross volunteers, and local and federal partners are working 24 hours a day on accounting for these individuals. State employees that are part of the effort include investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Joplin Police Department investigators and federal employees are also part of the effort.
The names of these unaccounted-for individuals are being cross-referenced with all hospitals that admitted or treated patients injured during the tornado, shelters housing tornado survivors, applicants for disaster assistance and the Red Cross Safe and Well program. Additionally, the Department of Public Safety is working with cell phone service providers to check whether cell phones have been used by individuals who have been unaccounted-for list since their names were added to the list.
Deputy Director Spillars also urged member of the public to help reduce the list and speed the process of reuniting tornado survivors with loved one by calling the Missouri State Highway Patrol Found-Persons Hotline: (417) 895-6868.
To get direction on filing a report about an unaccounted-for individual, families and loved ones may call (417) 659-5464 or file a report with the Highway Patrol in person at the Billingsley Student Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.
The list will be made available and kept updated on the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s website, www.dps.mo.gov