Sunday, May 22, 2011
A mile-wide tornado touched down in Joplin, at 5:41 p.m. Violent, 200-mph winds crippled the city. In minutes, Joplin’s only high school was destroyed. Survivors were trapped in their basements well into the night and the next day. Hundreds were injured. The death total climbed to 161, making it the deadliest tornado in nearly 60 years.

State Information

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency
230 Militia Drive, P.O.Box 116
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 634-9100

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
912 Wildwood Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 526-4768
Ready in 3

Local Information

City of Kansas City Missouri
29th Floor, City Hall
414 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2705
(816) 513-1408

Laclede County Office of Emergency Management
Laclede County Government Center
200 North Adams Avenue
Lebanon, MO 65536
Tel:(417) 532-6992
Fax:(417) 588-7976

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
600 Broadway, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) 474-4240

St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
14301 South Outer 40 Drive
Town & Country, MO 63017
(314) 244-9600

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting www.citizencorps.gov.

Missouri State Citizen Corps
P.O. Box 116
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 526-9223

Localized Ready Programs

Kansas City
The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City localized the Ready Campaign in August 2007 and again in September 2009 including English and Spanish television PSAs. The ads fulfill to a local regional Web site, http://www.preparemetrokc.org and http://www.preparemetrokc.org/espanol.

Last Updated: 01/16/2020