Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Joplin Tornado

05/24 I work for Edward Jones as my day job in Davenport, IA. My boss contacted his counterparts in Joplin Monday to help with my search. It's been quite a challenge here. We were told to make our first stop the makeshift morgue. A stranger to town from Texas volunteered to escort us to the morgue from the police station. When we got there we weren't allowed in. Our escort got us back to the college campus here where we were told by Sheriffs that we would need to have DNA testing. We got to the college and that was not the case. We filed our missing persons report and were told at that time that my dad was not one of the 50 out of 116 (at that time) confirmed dead. We were given a list of hospitals in several states to begin calling after we ate and slept. We went 30 hours without sleep. As we were leaving the college my boss called from Davenport to let me know that a financial advisor from a local Joplin Edward Jones branch had just found that my dad and his wife are "safe". We have not been in contact with them yet. We've been very busy with our search here but unsuccessful in locating dad. I just read that the post office will be holding mail for those with destroyed homes. I will be leaving a letter for him before I leave tomorrow sometime. Dads home was in the very middle of the decimated area. How he survived I don't know. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all so much for caring!
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