Archive for June, 2011

Dusty conditions warrant self-monitoring, masks

June 30, 2011

Summer is here and brings warmer, dryer weather.  This, combined with activity to remove debris from the May 22 tornado, can result in some very dusty conditions.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been monitoring the air in Joplin to find out if it contains asbestos fibers or particulate matter at levels that could pose health threats. EPA commonly performs this mission after disasters of this type. EPA is monitoring the air in and around the tornado’s impact zone Read More

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Independence Day residential trash schedule

June 30, 2011

The City of Joplin residential trash pickup schedule will change due to the Independence Day holiday.  On Monday, July 4, residential trash will NOT be picked up.  Customers who usually have trash picked up on Mondays will have their trash picked up on Tuesday, July 5.  For the remainder of the week of July 3rd through July 9th, the residential trash collection will move forward one day with Tuesday’s customers having Wednesday pick-up, and so on, through Saturday, July 9th which will be Read More

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Leaders announce recovery planning process

June 29, 2011

Local officials announce the establishment of a planning framework and process to develop a recovery roadmap following the May 22, 2011 tornado. Community input will be a key component as officials work with citizen stakeholders to guide community recovery. The process will integrate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and volunteers supporting recovery planning, comprehensive planning and economic development strategies. Disasters create unique challenges and necessitate innovative Read More

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Police caution residents about possible fraud activities related to disaster

June 28, 2011

The Joplin Police Department would like to remind citizens to be aware of and report any instances of alleged fraudulent activity related to the May 22nd EF5 tornado.  Fraudulent activity surrounding a national disaster may run the gamut , from insurance and contractor fraud to identity theft and public corruption.  The following are just a few of the fraudulent acts we have recently seen, or expect to see.  Disaster Officials Always request identification from anyone identifying Read More

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Citizens have options to remove their addresses from Public Notice List

June 28, 2011

The City of Joplin is continuing to work with citizens regarding debris removal after the May 22 tornado devastated one-third of the city. Many residents had already cleared their lots by doing the work themselves or using volunteers or contractors to remove the loose debris. Some lots still have existing rubble piles, and the City Council passed a nuisance abatement procedure to address the 663 properties that were identified as still needing debris removed as of Friday, June 24.  These Read More

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Contractors required to properly manage debris removal

June 24, 2011

One month after the May 22, 2011 tornado, removal of storm debris continues to be in full swing throughout Joplin. With that fact, city officials have one important message: If you are a contractor who has been hired to remove and haul away debris, don’t cut corners and push it to the curb. Take it away and dispose of it properly! “Contractors from all over are doing an important job by helping us clean up our city and we appreciate their work on behalf of our residents,” said Leslie Read More

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City outlines process for nuisance abatement of remaining rubble piles

June 24, 2011

More than 1,400 citizens within the extensive and catastrophic damaged areas of the May 22nd tornado have completed their Right-of-Entry (ROE) forms which allow government-funded contractors access to clear and remove the loose, tornado debris from their private property with extensive or catastrophic damage. United States President Barack Obama authorized this Expedited Debris Removal (EDR) initiative on May 31, 2011, to support a faster community recovery. This federally funded effort will Read More

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