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Rebuild Joplin Completes Comprehensive Survey of Tornado Recovery

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Rebuild Joplin completed a comprehensive surveying effort of the tornado zone, to better understand the need for their repairing and rebuilding services. On Monday, Rebuild Joplin plans to mail out 676 letters to owners of the vacant lots in the tornado zone, and in the coming who Rebuild Joplin may be able to help.

In September 2013 Rebuild Joplin volunteers surveyed over 5,800 lots in the tornado zone, and classified them as either commercial, residential-completed, residential- follow up, or residential-vacant. After the survey was complete, Rebuild Joplin’s client services department re-surveyed any lots or quadrants, where they believed reporting was inaccurate or questionable. Only, after the survey was completed, did the outreach begin.

“As a community, it's important for us to do the hard work and seek out those tornado survivors with remaining needs.” Director of Development Thomas Corley said about the importance of the canvassing and outreach effort. “We've come so far with the recovery effort, but the fact is there are families and individuals still feeling the after-shocks of the May 22nd, 2011 tornado. As an organization, Rebuild Joplin is determined to finish the job of repairing the homes of tornado survivors.”

Since September, Rebuild Joplin’s staff has been busy compiling data on the over 5,000 surveyed lots, researching public records and planning an outreach strategy. The survey efforts found that over 240 homes have likely tornado damage. While 76 percent of homes in the tornado zone have been rebuilt, there are still nearly 850 vacant residential lots. Accounting for likely rental properties, that is 676 people that have still not rebuilt since the May 2011 tornado. These results have revealed the scope of the recovery left to be done, and Rebuild Joplin is excited to be in contact with anyone that may still need help.

Rebuild Joplin’s mission is to shorten and improve the long-term recovery for residents affected by natural disaster in need of safe and affordable housing. Rebuild Joplin uses innovative process to rebuild homes quickly and efficiently through both paid employees and volunteers including war veterans, AmeriCorps members, skilled and unskilled community members.

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