2011 Joplin Tornado

Joplin is located in Jasper County in southwestern Missouri. It is the largest city in Jasper with approximately 50,000 residents. Joplin also serves as a hub to many surrounding towns, making the daytime population expand to over 270,000. The motto of this town in the heart of America is: "Proud of Our Past...Shaping Our Future.'"

On May 22, 2011, Joplin experienced an EF-5 tornado (the highest magnitude on the Fujita scale). Over 160 people died in the tornado and 990 were injured. Nearly one-quarter of the city of Joplin was destroyed, including the complete devastation of over 2,000 buildings. Joplin High School, the only major high school in the city, was flattened. 

The powerful images and videos below tell the story of how Joplin Youth are Creating Disaster Recovery & Resilience.