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Police Department responds to a request from SEMA for Joplin disaster aid

clock June 12, 2011 10:13 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 18, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Police Department responds to a request from SEMA for Joplin disaster aid

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has received an official request from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to send a police team to aid in the recovery operations of Sunday’s devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. The Blue Springs Police Department team consisting of 1 commander and 5 officers will perform traffic and security duties during their assignment to the Jasper County Emergency Operations Center. The team left for Joplin this afternoon at 4 p.m. and are expected to be deployed for the next 5 days.

The Joplin Emergency Operations Center is coordinating all requests for assistance though SEMA as part of the National Incident Management System (NIMS.) This system streamlines requests, eliminates redundancies and ensures getting the correct resources at the right time.

“When news of the devastation in Joplin reached us, we wanted to respond immediately. But our emergency management training taught us that unsolicited responders compete with disaster victims and first-responders for food, water, valuable cell phone band width and lodging,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to respond and confident that our assistance will be well coordinated by those managing this enormous recovery effort.”

SEMA has requested that all donations (financial/blood/shelter volunteers) be coordinated through the American Red Cross and the United Way.  To donate to the Red Cross, you can visit any Price Chopper, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can volunteer time or make a donation by calling the United Way at 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri.

The Red Cross has also partnered with the Blue Springs Family YMCA to host a blood drive this Friday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You can make an appointment at www.redcross.org and enter sponsor code BLUESPRINGSYMCA or by calling the Blue Springs Family YMCA Welcome Center at 816.224.9620.

The City of Blue Springs would like to extend our sympathy to the entire community of Joplin as they cope with the devastation and loss of life, and best wishes to them as they begin to rebuild lives and property.

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Information on where to look for Severe Weather Information

clock June 12, 2011 10:10 by author Jeff Quibell

I’m resending this per request….my opinion THE BEST Severe weather web page is http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/

Book mark this….It’s the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. Do NOT rely on AccuWeather, Yahoo, etc…..  Click on the link now…you will see in red…the current tornado warnings.  Click on the Red Polygon….once the forecast comes up…look for the Red Text “Tornado Warning” above the written out forecast.  Click on “Tornado Warning” and you can read all the current info. regarding that specific tornado. Even listing towns/cities in its path.. 

Pete Grigsby

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