FOX 51 — Joplin City officials have organized a support team of public safety employees and have deplyed them to Moore, Oklahoma. The team will arrive later tonight, the team includes a dozen members from the local police and fire departments.
This group will offer assistance and help conduct an assessment to determine the areas of support that may be needed as the community of Moore continues their search and rescue effors and as they begin clean up of their city.
"As we saw the devastation that the tornado caused in their community, we began the prepartion to send personnell to assist the city of Moore," said Joplin City Manager, Mark Rohr. "We remember the amount of assistance that we received following the tornado two years ago, and we want to help others as they helped us. We know too well what their community is facing, and we feel an obligation to serve them as they have served us."
Joplin City officials will work with their community to offer other types of assistance after receiveing the assessment from the team and talking with their city officials in the following days to come.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with out neighbors in Oklahoma, and will provide assistance following this destructive storm." said Rohr.