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(Originally posted on: 05-23-11 05:19:57 PM)
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I got called in to work early last night for disaster relief. Joplin, MO is down the road from us a wee bit, and their major hospital got leveled by a tornado. They had about a 5-minute warning before all of the windows exploded and people got sucked out of them. As a result, we got most of their transfers and a lot of the newly injured that they managed to find in the dark with no power. I'm about to head back to work now in our over-capacity hospital. The sorts of injuries were typically head trauma, crushed bones, broken bones (I saw legs, arms, skulls, faces, whatever), gashes and cuts (people thrown through glass windows) and whipped through trees), punctures from flying goodies (rocks, cinder blocks, toilets, wood chips), several people were impaled by flying lengths of.. whatever. Oh, and rolled cars with people in them. They say the tornado was "rain-wrapped," which apparently makes it so that you can't see it coming.

















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Reply 1 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-23-11 06:06:00 PM)
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Reply 2 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 12:48:14 AM)
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That looks like an insane amount of damage. Is there and estimate on how many casualties? I'm imagining alot if there was less than 5 minutes warning?
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Reply 3 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 01:04:47 AM)
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News claims at least 116 are dead; with at least 500 injured. 75% of the city was damaged in some way.
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Reply 4 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 01:52:45 AM)
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They're still finding people.. the problem is continuing severe storm conditions. A cop that had come down from Kansas City to help was struck by lightning, for example. Because there isn't much power or infrastructure, they're having a hell of a time with the limited light, too. We're over-capacity in the hospital right now.. thankfully it hasn't been too bad, since most of these injuries were bone breaks and whatnot so it's mostly just been pumping people with pain meds. The head traumas from flinging people around and into and through stuff has been a little more complicated, though. Then you include lightning strikes...

Bye bye Academy Sports, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot (notice all the piled up riding lawnmowers).









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Reply 5 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 02:39:41 AM)
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Man, that's crazy. Glad you're okay and it's awesome that you're helping out.
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Reply 6 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 02:45:56 AM)
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That's scary.
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Reply 7 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 03:27:31 AM)
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I guess they've found 17 people in the rubble so far.. how much ass would it suck to be stuck under a building for 2 days whilst being rained on. And probably broken.
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Reply 8 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 03:48:00 AM)
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Lotsa blood.


Hospital.


Used to be neighborhoods.
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Reply 9 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 04:27:56 AM)
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Holy fuck I hope your friends and family are ok.

This is the worst we've had in Toronto.
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Reply 10 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 05:28:59 AM)
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I wish I had leave to come down and help, but since they aren't activating my unit, I'm stuck up here keeping an eye on maintenance and readiness. I'm trying to think if I've gotten any cool information, but really I'm just getting numbers a little before news stations are.

Stay safe and let me know if you see anything people could really use down there, we may be able to find some resources.
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Reply 11 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 05:35:25 PM)
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I signed up to go help with the medical stuff, but I'm guessing with a non-functioning hospital (9-story building twisted and distorted off of its foundation wtf) that they have enough bored and jobless pharmacy personnel there at the triage sites.

Not only was the city jacked up, but the 1,700 that worked at the hospital, then plus all the ones at Wal-Mart, Academy, Home Depot, and everywhere else that was destroyed now have no job.

(1,500 still unaccounted for/missing so I'm sure there will be something to do at some point)
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Reply 12 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 07:12:02 PM)
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Quoted from loudpack masterchef:
Man, that's crazy. Glad you're okay and it's awesome that you're helping out.


The only thing to add to this is, is there a way for distant folk with little money to help out? I was reading a bit about this in the paper today. What a terrible situation.
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Reply 13 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 07:55:00 PM)
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Red Cross is taking cash. I can get a direct link tomorrow.

Joplin is about to get hit again. This is not good. So far, everyone I know down there is alive, but tonight is really testing my faith. And the storm is heading for Richard, then me. Can't wait to wake up at 2am to my weather alarm.
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Reply 14 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 07:58:14 PM)
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http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/23/joplin.how.to.help/index.html

There are a bunch of options there.

Yeah, we're watching the radar here at work, on the lookout for more tornadoes. Great weekend for a reception, Matt! It's supposed to hit here within 2 hours.
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Reply 15 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-24-11 08:09:32 PM)
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Whatever, try to show up if you can. If you're stuck with this tornado stuff, I understand. To be fair, I didn't know the world was going to explode where my friends live.
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Reply 16 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-25-11 01:56:39 PM)
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Missouri and fuckin tornadoes.

Seriously.

P.S. Remember when ya'll thought I was a corpse from a tornado? Good times.
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Reply 17 of 20 (Originally posted on: 05-25-11 03:48:01 PM)
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Reply 18 of 20 (Originally posted on: 06-01-11 09:09:20 AM)
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This stuff is horrible. There are neighborhoods in NOLA that look like this still, and that is 5 years after Katrina. I can't imagine how long it is going to take a town like that to bounce back.
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Reply 19 of 20 (Originally posted on: 06-01-11 02:59:00 PM)
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I was reading a sad article today about the kids whose parents both died protecting them. Not happy.
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Reply 20 of 20 (Originally posted on: 06-02-11 11:16:15 AM)
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That's the worst. Those are the stories about Haiti that always kill me too. Fuck, man now I'm depressed.
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