MSSU and Red Cross

April 28, 2011                                                                                                           NEWS RELEASE

MSSU, Red Cross Join in Disaster Planning


Springfield, MO –


            This morning a special signing ceremony took place at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at MSSU in Joplin.   The Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross and Missouri Southern State University have joined forces to assist those in need after a disaster strikes the region.  The University has agreed to provide “in place sheltering” to those people displaced after a local, state or national disaster.  Staff members from the Springfield and Joplin offices were on hand as well as many University and emergency management officials.


Chris Harmon, Regional Executive Director of Emergency Services, and Dr. Bruce W. Speck, MSSU President, signed the official papers this morning about 10:00 a.m.


Chris Harmon said, “This partnership will provide critical resources and planning that we believe will save lives and provide important crisis response training and planning.”


Dr. Speck was very excited about the agreement and hopes their facility will not have to be utilized but assured everyone they are ready to help. 


Many lives have been turned upside down recently due to the storms that have created devastation throughout the South and the Midwest.  This agreement sheds light on the fact that more people throughout the state and region are becoming aware of the necessity of preparedness and how we can best help our neighbors in times of need! 



You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri floods, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. You may also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington DC 20013.  Internet users can make a secure online donation by visiting






Joann Moore

Public Relations/Fundraising

American Red Cross

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO  65803

417-832-9500, ext. 107

Fax 417-866-3649




Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

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