Joplin, Missouri was hit Sunday by a massive tornado that left a mile wide and six mile long path of destruction. Officials have declared at least 89 people killed following the storm.
The Missouri Association Trial Attorneys will have its Emergency Response Teams on site as soon as requested by the Red Cross. MATA and the Red Cross have teamed up for several years to provide free emergency legal services to disaster victims through MATA’s Missouri Trial Lawyers Care (MoTLC) program and Emergency Response Teams.
Trial attorneys from Missouri or surrounding areas who wish to help can learn more and take online MATA ERT training online here.
Update 1: The Heart of Missouri United Way has set up the Joplin Tornado Relief Fund. 100% of donations go directly to the Joplin United Way with zero overhead. You can phone (573) 443-4523 or text "Joplin" to 864833. You can also donate directly here or visit the Heart of Missouri United Way web site.
Update 2 (5:12 p.m. CDT): Latest death toll tops 100 and now stands at 116. [Tornado Death Toll Tops 100 in Missouri via Slate]
- American Red Cross Joplin Tornado Support Page
- Emotional reaction to pure devastation [Mike Bettes at The Weather Channel]
- Joplin tornado death toll jumps to 89 [Eagle news services via Kansas City Star]
- First person video of Joplin, MO tornado [YouTube via CBS News]
- Shelter Information, Find Loved Ones and Help Joplin Tornado Victims [Kyle Bosch at KSPR ABC News Channel 33]
- Type O Negative Blood Needed For Joplin Tornado Victims [4029tv.com]
- Joplin searches through wreckage [USA Today]
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Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.