Joplin, MO: People Making a Difference

Joplin, MO: People Making a Difference

I’ve been on the ground now in Joplin for a little over 24 hours. As usual, when I try to come and help, I feel like I’m being blessed more than I’m blessing others. I met some terrific people since I’ve been here and I experienced a spirit of resilience that is out of this world. Joplin is a wonderful place where people care about each other and they put each other first. American Family Insurance sponsored my trip to Joplin as part of their commitment to reach out and meet the needs of the community. Remember, however, that many of the folks that responded were also at the mercy of the tornado and had their own challenges to overcome.

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Joplin, MO - The Line Went Dead

Joplin, MO - The Line Went Dead

This has been an amazing day! I was so excited to get to Joplin that I didn't sleep much last night. I was out of bed at 2:30 AM to begin the trek to the airport for my 6:10 flight where I met up with Marla Williams. She has been instrumental in organizing this series of talks. Marla and I were both committed to putting on these events with no cost to the Joplin community. American Family Insurance graciously sponsored the meetings so we could bring this message of resilience, empowerment and hope. After we arrived in Joplin this evening, Vicky Mieseler (the Director at Ozark Center) picked us up and gave us a first-hand view of the town. She was at work at the time the tornado struck and she was able to hunker down. Her daughter, on the other hand, had quite the experience.

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How an ER Doctor that Survived Joplin, MO

How an ER Doctor that Survived Joplin, MO

This is an amazing report from one of the physicians that was on duty on May 22, 2011 in the Emergency Department at St. John's Regional Medical Center. I've posted it here in its entirety because it is so well written and will open your eyes to what it is like to be on the ground, in the trenches during one of these disasters. He or she did an outstanding job of becoming part of the solution despite dire circumstances. Some of the key things to note when you read this memoir include:

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