Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday every available resource is going to the city of Joplin to help people in the aftermath of a massive tornado which splintered homes and buildings along a six-mile swath of land, killing at least 122 people and injuring hundreds more.
We are putting every available resource in place to help families and businesses cope with the aftermath of this devastating storm. This meeting is the first step on a long road to recovery; but we will be there every step of the way, Nixon said.
The officials are going to a Community Response Meeting where agency leaders will tell the community what services and resources are available. The public will get a chance to speak individually with representatives at various stations.
Agencies include public safety, federal relief agencies the red cross, postal service, various employment and labor-related agencies, insurance health, socials services and health services. And others.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m.
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he would be Joplin on Sunday, at the conclusion of his 6-day European tour to speak with local officials about the federal response and hopefully to pray with folks and give them whatever assurance and comfort I can that the entire country is going to be behind them.
Obama said he was heartbroken over the images of devastation in the area.
The Joplin tornado is one of the deadliest in the past 60 years.