There will be two special issues of the Southwest Region News Service sent out to the media and public subscribers in southwest Missouri during the next few days. These special issues will contain updates and helpful information for families and businesses impacted by the storm. News stories relevant to the recovery underway in Joplin are also going to be posted online at starting this afternoon.


MU Extension is working to provide resources to the media and others and will make our expertise and education available as communities, businesses, families and farms  work on recovery. We are part of the Governor’s Disaster Recovery Partnership and work with SEMA and other organizations to assist in facilitation when needed and to coordinate.

Updated information is also being shared via social media at:


For Red Cross services and information call 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767). For other resources in the Joplin area, call 211 on a landline or 1-800-427-4626 on a cell phone. For people wanting to volunteer (211 will help coordinate the volunteer effort): 211 on a landline or 1-800-427-4626 on a cell phone. end_mark