Forest Institute is working to help in tornado ravaged Joplin, MO.
This is the latest on those efforts and will be updated periodically as
new information comes in.
UPDATE Friday, 5/27/2011
In need of licensed professional staff, please click here.
(Update 5/25/2011 at 4:25 p.m.)
Updated request for licensed providers (please bear with us in the fluidity of this situation):
- Thursday night will only be a commitment to stay in Joplin until midnight (so leave at 5 pm and return around 1:30 am).
- Need additional volunteers for Friday, Saturday and Sunday to leave at 8:00 am and return around 8:00 pm each day.
We will need fewer volunteers on Thursday now that additional days
have been added, so let me know if you would like to change your
previous commitment (or if returning at midnight would increase your
Special Assistant to the President for Accreditation
(Important Update: 5/25/2011 at 12:00 p.m.)
To all students, faculty, staff and alumni who are licensed mental health providers in the state of Missouri:
As you may know already, the Ozark
Center is coordinating the mental health response on site in Joplin.
Because of Burrell’s relationship with the Ozark Center, they are
coordinating the Springfield community mental health response to provide
services in the disaster area and have asked for our assistance.
Governor Nixon and a SAMHSA/CMHS rep will be on site on Thursday to
observe the response of the mental health community in southwest
Missouri. Every representative from every agency providing disaster
relief will be on hand so that those impacted by the disaster will have
one place to go to get any assistance they might need and to be linked
with necessary services and supports.
Forest is partnering with Burrell to
solicit volunteers from within our organization to travel to Joplin
Thursday evening in response to this specific request for licensed
mental health professionals – "as many as we can get”. The purpose of
the trip will be to address any critical immediate mental health needs
and ensure that they are linked with Ozark Center for long term needs.
Please understand volunteers will be representing the Ozark Center,
wearing their badges and following the protocols they have established.
Transportation by van and/or bus
will be provided to limit impact on traffic in the area. Volunteers
would leave Springfield from Burrell at 5:00 pm and would need to be
prepared to stay until either midnight or potentially into the next
morning. Forest is planning to provide a shuttle returning around
midnight and a subsequent shuttle returning Friday morning for those
volunteers who may choose to stay until all are served. We are waiting
for a better estimate of both the number of volunteers and those in need
of services (likely search and rescue volunteers at this time), so your
timely response to this request would help tremendously in knowing how
best to coordinate travel and time.
To all students and staff who are not licensed but want to support volunteer efforts:
There will be a group of licensed
volunteers (including our faculty and students) traveling to Joplin
Thursday evening to provide mental health services for those in need. We
know many of you have been asking to support relief efforts and there
could be an opportunity here. If you would like to help prepare box
lunches or supplies to send with members of this volunteer team Thursday
between 12-3, please RSVP to me by close of business today (Wednesday) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide more details as they become available.
Special Assistant to the President for Accreditation
(Update 5/25/2011 at 8:15 a.m.)
Ozarks Food Harvest needs help here in Springfield to sort the food and load trucks in 3-hour shifts...
The organization says it is in dire need of VOLUNTEERS!
If you are available, please call 865-3411. You MUST schedule with Jen at ext 114.
(Update 5/24/2011 at 9:05 a.m.)
A few of the ways you can volunteer today:
1) Make a $10 donation, you can text "convoy" to 50555 or you can make a donation directly to the Convoy of Hope website.
Standard texting and data rates apply based on your cell phone
provider. Every $10 you give to Convoy will provide them with $70 worth
of resources – this is a great way to make a BIG difference
on a limited budget. And given the need for water in the area, you can
"buy” 14 cases through Convoy instead of 2 at the grocery store.
2) Contact the
Springfield Humane Society. They are working with the Joplin Humane
Society to rescue and house pets until they are restored to their
owner(s). They need financial support to do this and may need temporary
homes depending on the number of animals eventually rescued.
3) Participate in the
many food, clothing and household item food drives going to today –
many of which are already posted in our E360 community.
We are still working with our alumni in
the area and are waiting for them to identify their needs at this time.
As you can imagine, they are overwhelmed, tired and do not yet know what
kind of support they need/will need. As search and rescue comes to an
end, on-the-ground volunteers will be allowed into the area soon. We
will continue to post updates as additional information warrants.
(Update 5/24/2011 at 8:50 a.m.)
Stuff a Truck for Joplin
Q102 needs your help loading a Prime Trucking Semi for those in Joplin who lost almost everything in Sunday's tornado.
They will Stuff the Truck from 7am to 7pm Tuesday in the radio station
parking lot in the Food 4 Less shopping center on Battlefield (319 East
Battlefield) starting Tuesday till it's filled!
When it's full, Prime will graciously take it to the Forrest Park
Baptist Church in Joplin, a large shelter & distribution spot.
THE ITEMS NEEDED ARE:
Blankets, diapers, wipes, clothes, hygiene/toiletry, non-perishable food, water, hand sanitizer, socks and shoes.
Joplin is under a boil order, and even those with water likely don't have power to boil it. Water is greatly needed.
(Update 5/24/2011 at 8:45 a.m.)
JOPLIN RELIEF DRIVE TO BENEFIT OZARKS FOOD HARVEST RELIEF EFFORTS
TUESDAY MAY 24 from 6a - 7p
DILLONS AT BATTLEFIELD & KANSAS
Items to donate:
- Easy-open, ready-to-eat nonperishable food items
- Canned goods and can openers.
- Snacks such as crackers and granola bars
- All types of personal hygiene items
- Paper products: paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper
- Eating utensils
- Cleaning supplies
Water bottles are not a priority from donors at this time.
Please do not bring clothing or other items NOT on this list
(Update 5/23/2011 at 2:00 p.m.)
The following is a statement from Community Blood Center of the Ozarks:
"Joplin CBCO is still accepting blood
donations, although we are trying to limit it to O- donors and asking
other donors to leave their name, phone number and blood type and we
will call them later this week for donations, as the other blood types
are sufficient at this time.
We have extended our center hours; Joplin center will be open until 7 p.m. tonight and Springfield until 6 p.m. tonight.
As far as non-medical volunteers, I believe we are good at this time.” --CBCO
(Update 5/23/2011 at 1:30 p.m.)
Status of alumni and students in the Joplin area:
We do have updates primarily on our alumni in the area who were
affected. We are working to coordinate communication and support for
them as we speak. We only share this information so our people will know
the extent of the need and be ready to respond to requests as they
become known. Here is what we know:
· Austin Frisbie and Chad Gerhart are safe and sound but their practice is gone.
· Charles Doyle is also safe and sound - facility untouched.
· Laura Bandoli lost her home.
We are very grateful to receive this information and to know our alumni are safe.
efforts will be directed in support of affected students and alumni, so
please keep me posted to ensure their needs receive our priority
Status of Community Blood Center Donations:
The CBCO is currently overwhelmed by the response, so please plan to postpone your donation unless you are type 0- or wish to make a financial donation.
Volunteers:Only medically-certified volunteers are being allowed to assist with on-the-ground search and rescue at this time.
The best way to volunteer to help is to sign-up at www.showmeresponse.org
and they will alert you when your unique talents and skills may be of
use. (I have already received a couple of updates via e-mail since
signing up this am, so their system is working.)
(Update 5/23/2011 at 12:15 p.m.)
The link below will take you to the United Way's page, where you can get more information about volunteering in Joplin.
(Update 5/23/2011 at 12:00 p.m.)
Other ways to help:
James at Ozarks Food Harvest 865-3411
Collecting bottled water, tooth paste/tooth brushes, and toilet paper.
Friends at Springfield Paper Co. have set up a donation site for The
Joplin Tornado Victims. You can donate items like water, food, blankets,
toiletries, etc. and they will deliver them to Joplin. Located at 412 N
National Springfield, MO. Call Kevin Smith at 417-379-0533 with any
(Update 5/23/2011 at 10:15 a.m.)
Here is what we know at this point:
1) Community Blood Center has extended collection times to 6:00 pm
and is in need of O- blood. You may donate at any of their collection
centers across southwest Missouri.
2) Convoy of Hope has been contacted and we will provide more information related to their needs shortly.
3) The Red Cross is overwhelmed (both phone and local office) and they will direct you to the following information:
- Red Cross is coordinating non-medical volunteers through www.showmeresponse.org
where you will need to set-up a comprehensive profile indicating your
qualifications and availability. They are in desperate need of
"medically certified” personnel and to contact 1-800-427-4626 for more
- They are telling people they are in search and rescue mode right
now and are worried about having too many people in the way and so are
not dispatching other kinds of support later; this could change quickly.
4) We have personnel headed to the coordination center at MSSC and
will provide more specific/additional information related to
volunteering as it becomes available.
5) We have alumni and students in the Joplin area who are also
providing timely information but also need specific support; we will
update and communicate those needs as well.
If you are interested in volunteering through Forest, please contact Marcie Kirkup and we will coordinate a schedule.