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Joplin to Moore: We understand and we're here for you


The community of Moore, Oklahoma is experiencing the kind of devastation Joplin saw two years ago.  Responders from Joplin quickly reacted, taking what they've already learned in the past to Moore on Monday night to assist in recovery efforts.

The images coming out of Moore look all too familiar for Joplin and Duquesne residents.

"When you saw the video of the storm damaged area, it reminded me of what we experienced here," says Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr.

Moore has been flooded with responders to help recover.

About a dozen police officers and firefighters from Joplin left for Moore Sunday evening to help out.  Thanks to all the help coming from Oklahoma City they were able to leave and returned to Joplin around 3 p.m. on Monday.  But they are on standby and will return if additional help is needed.

May 20, 2013 will be a day the state of Oklahoma remembers forever, just as Joplin remembers May 22, 2011.

Residents here say the features of the two tornados - size, speed, sound and damage - are all too similar.

"Everything hit me like it was yesterday and then our sirens and everything was going off, like minutes after that had came on the news," says Angie Edwards, a Joplin tornado survivor.

Edwards and her family has lived in the FEMA mobile home park since her home was destroyed.  She offers this advice for those suffering:  "FEMA will be there.  You will have the Salvation Army.  They will set up places for people to eat and even though it seems stressful at times with everybody right up in your face and everything, but honestly they're just there to help."

Rohr wants the city of Moore to know that they are not alone, and we are there for them.

"There's a lot of people not only in Joplin but elsewhere that are prepared to help them," says Rohr.  "They're going to come from different areas throughout the region, the country and the world, that they'll be surprised at the level of assistance they're offering."

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