2011 Joplin tornado News

Missouri University Scientists Using AI to Design Flood Evacuation Plans

Transportation agencies and first responders may soon get help from artificial intelligence to determine the best evacuation routes during floods such as those affecting portions of Missouri and the Midwest. Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are using …

Joplin School District Still Haggling with FEMA over Cost of Tornado Repairs

More than six years after a deadly tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, the heavily damaged local school district has rebuilt. Exactly how much of those costs the district will have to shoulder remains up in the air. The district is …

Construction on Public Safe Rooms Around Joplin Nearly Complete

Thousands of students and residents in the Joplin area will have shelter during the upcoming severe weather season thanks to the construction of safe rooms that began after the deadly May 2011 tornado. The Joplin Globe reported ocal school districts …

Former Joplin Master Developer Owes City $1.4M: Judge

A Jasper County judge has entered a $1.4 million default judgment against a master development firm hired to help Joplin, Mo., recover from the May 2011 tornado. Jasper County Judge Gayle Crane granted the financial award against Wallace Bajjali Development …

Rebuild Joplin Wraps Up Work After 180 Homes Built

A building effort that began in response to the devastating May 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., has ended after a volunteer organization built and dedicated its 180th home. Rebuild Joplin co-founder Jerrod Hogan said the project gave residents hope after …

Home Depot Sued Over Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Deaths

A woman whose husband and two children were among eight people killed while taking cover in a Home Depot during the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado contends in a wrongful death lawsuit that the building was negligently constructed. Edie Howard Housel, …

Final Report on Joplin Tornado Highlights Communication, Building Standards

A federal agency’s final report about its technical investigation into the 2011 Joplin tornado calls for nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, and public shelters and emergency communications that the group says can significantly reduce tornado deaths. The …

Joplin, Missouri Publishes Book Featuring Tornado Experiences

Joplin has published a collection of stories that chronicle the 2011 tornado that devastated the southwest Missouri city. The book, titled “Joplin Pays It Forward,” can be downloaded for free at the city’s website and is available as an e-book …

National Building, Communications Standards Recommended for Tornado Safety

National standards should be set for building construction, storm shelters and emergency communications to reduce death and damage from tornados, a federal agency that studied the deadly 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, recommended on Thursday. The National Institute of Standards …

Missouri Lawmakers Approve Disaster Fund

Missouri lawmakers have approved a bill creating a $15 million fund to repair infrastructure in areas where the president has issued a disaster declaration. The measure is meant chiefly to help Joplin rebuild street curbs and gutters damaged or destroyed …