Joplin Shelter

Red Cross Shelter in Joplin


Springfield, MO


          The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing a warm and safe place for victims of the devastating tornado that swept through Joplin the early evening hours of May 22, 2011. 


            A shelter is open in Joplin at:        Missouri Southern State University

                                                                        Young Gym

                                                                        3950 E. Newman Road


As of 12:30 a.m., there were about 110 people staying at the shelter. 


The Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) left Springfield last night with supplies for the shelter which included water, cots and blankets.  They also had food for the shelter residents.  Those people staying at the shelter are encouraged to bring their personal medications with them, as well as a pillow and items for children. 


Joplin residents are encouraged to register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website.  From a list of standard messages, you can select those that you want to communicate to your family members, letting them know of your well-being. 


Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well.”  The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name, an “as of date” and the safe and well messages selected.  


For those individuals wishing to check on loved ones who may have registered on this site, log onto the American Red Cross national website at  Then access the List yourself as safe and well link which will provide you with information on how to check on someone who may have registered as safe and well.


You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri tornado, 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




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