Posted by: Public Affairs
Editor's Note: This blog post was updated on May 26 at 3:35 p.m. EDT.
Joplin, MO, May 25, 2011 -- Administrator Craig Fugate (second from the left) and Rev. David Myers (left), director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, meet with Dr. Kevin Ezell (second from right), president, Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, and an unidentified member of the Southern Baptist response team, in Joplin, Mo. The group is meeting inside a Mobile Emergency Response Support vehicle, equipped with phone and video communications systems.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and other states impacted by severe storms and tornadoes. As of this morning, we continue to support the states’ response and recovery efforts in Missouri, Minnesota and the other areas affected by severe weather.
At the direction of President Obama, senior administration officials from across the federal family traveled to Joplin to meet with state and local officials, assess the damage from the May 15 devastating tornadoes, to ensure the state is receiving all the support needed for response and recovery operations. Officials from the White House, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Small Business Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration joined Administrator Craig Fugate who has been on the ground in Joplin since Monday.
Current and former players with the St. Louis Rams are arriving in Joplin to visit a Red Cross shelter and tour the damage. The players are traveling with DeMaurice Smith, executive director, National Football League Players Association, which is one of many private sector partners that helps work with disaster survivors and lifts the spirits in communities reeling from tragedy. We thank them for their visit to Joplin, and for all the work they do to help people and communities rebuild.
Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service is calling for the potential of severe weather across much of the U.S., covering an area from Louisiana up to New Hampshire. Severe storms are possible parts of the Great Plains as well, stretching from Montana to Nebraska.
If your area has the potential for severe weather, be sure to stay updated with your local forecast and continue to listen to the direction of local officials. You can also take steps now to get prepared for severe weather at www.Ready.gov.
We will continue to provide our latest updates on this blog. See this blog post for the latest on the role of the federal government.
- Blog post on how to help disaster survivors in Joplin
- Information on helping survivors after a disaster