Joplin: Preparedness Lessons from a Devastating Tornado

  • Philip W. Smith
  • Renee Denton
  • Robert Denton
  • Dennis Manley
  • Jason Smith
  • Rusty Tinney
  • Austin Worcester
  • Sharon M. Medcalf


On May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, virtually destroying one of the two hospitals subsequently causing the medical system to be overwhelmed. This chapter presents first-hand accounts and summarizes lessons learned from six providers who were involved in tornado recovery efforts from this natural disaster. In addition, we discuss the unique implications of tornados for the elderly.


Disaster preparedness Joplin Missouri Tornado response Elderly 



 The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of Michele Kassmeier, MPH and Elaine Litton in the preparation of this chapter, and the outstanding editorial work of Judith Stern, MD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip W. Smith
    • 1
  • Renee Denton
    • 2
  • Robert Denton
    • 3
  • Dennis Manley
    • 4
  • Jason Smith
    • 5
  • Rusty Tinney
    • 6
  • Austin Worcester
    • 7
  • Sharon M. Medcalf
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine,University of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA
  2. 2.Freeman Health SystemJoplinUSA
  3. 3.Cardiothoracic Vascular SurgeryFreeman Health SystemJoplinUSA
  4. 4.Administration, Mercy Hospital JoplinJoplinUSA
  5. 5.EMSJoplinUSA
  6. 6.Newton County Ambulance DistrictJoplinUSA
  7. 7.Missouri Disaster Response SystemBridgetonUSA
  8. 8.Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health, College of Public HealthUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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