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Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Response

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, a major tornado rated EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale touched down in Joplin, Mo., killing more than 150 people, injuring hundreds of others, and destroying more than 8,000 structures in the community of nearly 50,000 residents. EPA Region 7 personnel, including On-Scene Coordinators, technical experts and other support personnel, were involved in several disaster response efforts in the Joplin area under the coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Those efforts included responding to critical environmental emergency incidents, conducting rapid needs assessments of damaged or destroyed facilities and coordinating the removal of household hazardous wastes, white goods and e-goods from the tornado's impact zone, and conducting air monitoring for the presence of asbestos and particulate matter.

This page will include documents, links and other information about EPA's response activities associated with the Joplin tornado.


State Senator Ron Richard (at podium) leads a joint meeting in January 2012 of the Joplin Community Advisory Recovery Team, Joplin City Council, Duquesne City Council, Joplin Chamber of Commerce Board, and Joplin School Board to endorse the Joplin Area - Next Steps Plan. Next Steps for Projects Recommended in Damaged Joplin Area Outlined in Plan Approved at Joint Meeting

State Senator Ron Richard (at podium) leads a joint meeting in January 2012 of the Joplin Community Advisory Recovery Team, Joplin City Council, Duquesne City Council, Joplin Chamber of Commerce Board, and Joplin School Board to endorse the Joplin Area - Next Steps Plan. This plan outlines projects that are recommended to be undertaken for housing, schools and public buildings, infrastructure and environment, and economic development in the area affected by the catastrophic tornado. The ideas listed in the plan were developed by the advisory team after a series of public comment sessions that began in July 2011. Those sessions were followed by seminars and public information presentations by consultants, and a design roundtable involving 60 architects, city planners and other professionals. The plan was unanimously approved by all of the participants at the joint meeting. Click on photo to enlarge



 
EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks coordinates with a representative from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as they survey the tornado damage   EPA On-Scene Coordinator Janice Kroone speaks with Missouri Adjutant General Stephen Danner during recovery efforts   Joplin residents walk amidst the devastation   Brooks gets an update from EPA On-Scene Coordinator John Frey in Region 7's mobile command post in Joplin
Pictured on May 26, 2011 (left to right): EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks coordinates with a representative from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as they survey the tornado damage; EPA On-Scene Coordinator Janice Kroone speaks with Missouri Adjutant General Stephen Danner during recovery efforts; Joplin residents walk amidst the devastation; Brooks gets an update from EPA On-Scene Coordinator John Frey in Region 7's mobile command post in Joplin.
News Releases Fact Sheets Household Hazardous Waste, White Goods, Electronics Goods and Orphaned Tanks/Drums

Air Monitoring

EPA continues to conduct air monitoring for particulate matter and asbestos in the impacted area. The daily maps below show the monitoring locations and results. For particulate matter, monitoring results are reported for a 12-hour period to reflect the hours during which workers and residents would be exposed (daylight hours). Beginning June 22, the results displayed on the map represent a 12-hour period. EPA changed from a 24-hour period to a 12-hour period to more accurately characterize air quality during the daytime hours when the public and responders are working as part of the cleanup effort.

The locations are color coded based on the results as compared to the Air Quality Guidelines. If a measurement at any of the locations exceeds a standard for one hour, that concentration and time period are also displayed and color coded according to the guidelines. Some monitors are mobile, and are used only in response to situations and conditions. These monitors may not be employed every day. However, when these monitors are used, results will be displayed as an 8-hour time weighted average.

Particulate (PM10) Air Monitoring Results - all results indicate acceptable air quality, except June 21 (µg/mg3 = micrograms per cubic meter)

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June 22, 2011 (PDF) (1 pg, 1.8MB, About PDF) - due to equipment malfunction, one stationary monitor was replaced with a mobile monitor and both results are posted for location AL-015
June 21, 2011 (PDF) (1 pg, 2.5MB, About PDF) - all 24-hour average concentrations remain below a level of concern, but a few short-term average concentrations exceeded the 155 µg/mg3 standard
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Asbestos Air Monitoring Results - no asbestos fibers were detected

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Aug. 10, 2011 - No asbestos air sampling was conducted due to precipitation.
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June 12, 2011 - No asbestos air sampling was conducted due to morning precipitation and the forecast for additional precipitation.
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