On the two-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., the still-recovering town has deployed assistance to Moore, Okla., which was devastated by a massive tornado with a preliminary rating of EF-5 Monday afternoon.
More than a dozen members from Joplin police and fire departments joined the recovery effort, lending assistance to the massive clean up and conducting an assessment to determine what areas of support are needed.
Joplin is no stranger to severe weather. When a tornado touched down in the evening hours of May 22, 2011, the small town was rendered unrecognizable. One hundred and fifty people had been killed. Hundreds were injured. Joplin's hospital was in ruins.
"It was truly like a war scene. There was so much destruction and devastation. You could barely get down some roads," Gary Pulsipher, president of St. John's Mercy Hospital told AccuWeather late last year.
The hospital was not the only community landmark brought to pieces by the outbreak. The local high school, which had just finished its graduation ceremony earlier that day, was gone.
"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," said Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr.
"We know too well what their community is facing, and we feel an obligation to serve them as they have served us."
As crews aid Moore, the city of Joplin will host a community event Tuesday evening at Cunningham Park to celebrate the resilience of their community. The event will include a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m., the time that the tornado touched down in western limits of Joplin two years prior.