Tag: Tornado

A Shared Experience: Joplin / Moore

Yesterday, we made our way into the heart of the destructive path the Moore tornado left in its wake. Even if you’ve seen damage from an EF5 tornado, it’s still very unsettling. Where the damage was most significant, we walked upon cars that were crushed by the winds like they were aluminum cans and found slabs of concrete where homes once stood.

Talking with survivors, volunteers and even our own Disaster Response Team — one question kept coming up — “Is this like it was in Joplin?” The comparisons to the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado are certainly warranted and undoubtedly timely.

It was two years ago today that the EF5 tornado plowed through the heart of Joplin, destroying thousands of structures and taking more than 160 lives. Just like the current response in Moore, we were in Joplin within hours lending a helping hand to the people there so it’s hard not to think of Joplin as we assist Moore in the recovery process.

Two years and 225 miles apart, the Joplin and Moore tornadoes will be forever linked by circumstance. But they will also forever be linked by Convoy of Hope and the gracious people who have joined us to help these communities in their times of need. What incredible shared experiences we can all be a part of.

 

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#HelpMoore

Our digital community is incredible. Many have begun to show support for Oklahoma survivors by posting their own creative use of #HelpMoore to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We’ve put together a downloadable graphic to get you in on spreading help and hope.

Save the image to your mobile device, have a friend take your photo showing your support and post to your favorite photo sharing community with a message like:

“I’m doing what I can to #HelpMoore. Will you join @convoyofhope and I in showing our support for tornado survivors in Oklahoma? Get your #HelpMoore graphic at: convoy.org/helpmoore”

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Go #HelpMoore.

Check back as we’ll be updating this post with some of your posts.

 

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Convoy of Hope begins construction on ninth home in Joplin, Mo.

Convoy of Hope recently broke ground on the ninth disaster-resistant, energy-efficient home for tornado survivors in Joplin, Mo. Since breaking ground on the first home in February 2012, eight families have gotten a new start through Convoy of Hope.

“This project would not have been possible if it weren’t for the generous supporters and partners of Convoy of Hope,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “As we approach the second anniversary of this storm, we continue to focus on bringing hope to families who have faced seemingly insurmountable odds.”

Additional home builds are expected to follow in the coming months.

Partners for the project include Adam Brady Construction, Alpha Title LLC, Project Safe Home, T.F. Concrete Forming Systems and Joyce Meyer Ministries—Hand of Hope.

The new high-tech, low-energy homes are specially designed with reinforced concrete walls and other innovations to be sturdier and more sustainable than traditional houses.

Total construction costs to date for the project have topped $1 million.

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