Best Practices

From the Joplin experiences, many best practices have been developed and widely documented. From the use of social media as a tool to engage volunteers to the Governor’s Challenge, Joplin used resources and lessons learned from previous disasters to improve our recovery. We hope these materials provide resources to improve disaster planning, response and recovery for other communities.

The Heart of Recovery: Long Term Recovery Committees by John Pyron, Director of Disaster Services for Lutheran Children and Family Services, this document outlines the importance of Long Term Recovery Committees.

Grassroots Disaster Recovery by Dante Gliniecki, Missouri State Emergency Management AgencyButterfly Mural, this document outlines the structure and function of an LTRC as well as how to organize a COAD.

Social Media: Engaging the Whole Community by Charity Hunter, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

AmeriCorps Joplin Tornado Response developed by AmeriCorps St. Louis, this presentation outlines the work that AmeriCorps did to assist with volunteer management and other services in Joplin.

The Use of Social Media in Disaster Recovery, Lessons Learned from Joplin by the University of Missouri Extension

Paying It Forward developed by members of the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team under the direction of Jane Cage, this document includes essays written by members of the response and recovery community and relays best practices from a wide realm of experiences.

Emergency Services Toolkit for Access and Functional Needs developed by The Independent Living Center, this toolkit includes information on developing services to ensure access for people with disabilities.

The Governor’s Challenge: This site showcases the work that was initiated by Governor Jay Nixon to encourage volunteerism in Joplin related specifically to construction needs. The challenge selected the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity as thA Habitat partner family gets the keys to their new home, standing on their porch with volunteers.e beneficiary organization and provided construction volunteers for 35 homes.

The Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity: A majority of the families that lost their homes were residing in single-family, low-income rental units.  Many of these families never thought they could achieve home ownership. However, Habitat for Humanity changed that–assisting over 70 tornado-affected families become home owners.

Community Press Kit for the Joplin Tornado Anniversary: This document is the community press kit for the Day of Unity, Joplin’s first anniversary of the tornado. The press kit includes facts from the tornado as well as how our community celebrated the successes during the first year. It is a great template for other communities to use.

Recovering from a Natural Disaster: Legal Services of Missouri and Legal Aid of Western Missouri coordinated coordinated much of the legal services for tornado affected families. They developed tools to improve disaster response. This link provides a toolkit developed by the Governor’s Faith Based Committee for lawyers and the public with regards to disaster legal issues. Equal Justice Works also provided two fellows for tornado recovery work.

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC): The American Red Cross set up a Multi-Agency Resource Center within days of the Joplin tornado. This center functioned as a one-stop-shop for individuals needing assistance and was instrumental in starting the effective recovery of our community. Clicking on the MARC link will take you to the Red Cross MARC manual including developing and maintaining a similar center.

Disaster Recovery Playbook–A Guide to Residential Recovery, this website from Farmers Insurance, St. Bernard Project, and Rebuild Joplin provides great resources and information to help local communities with residential recovery.

Long Term Recovery Committee Best Practices

The Unmet Needs Committee coordinated Survivor Workshops and Disaster Case Manager Resource Coffees. These workshops and coffees connected survivors and case managers with important community resources to improve individual and family outcomes. Materials developed by the Unmet Needs Committee can be viewed on the Unmet Needs page.