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Recovery from any disaster is a team effort and a disaster the size of the one in Joplin, Mo. requires all hands on deck.
Federal, state, and local agencies, numerous faith-based and voluntary organizations, and people from all walks of life have joined with The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The combined efforts to help Joplin recover after an EF5 tornado tore through the city more than three weeks ago. To date, 36 recovery missions have been assigned to 17 federal agencies with anticipated costs of $250 million.
“FEMA is only part of a large team that can bring resources to assist a community in its response and recovery efforts,” explained Libby Turner, Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster. “These other agencies are able to take on a variety of missions which will supplement state and local efforts to assist the community move forward,” she added.
One of the largest recovery missions reside with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for Expedited Debris Removal, where extensive and catastrophic damage exist, and providing critical temporary facilities. In total, USACE currently has nine mission assignments.
Another key assignment, the removal of household hazardous waste, falls on the shoulders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has been tasked with organizing the volunteer effort in Joplin.
The following Federal agencies have been assigned disaster recovery missions under FEMA following the Joplin tornado: Department of Agriculture, Corporation for National and Community Service, USACE, Economic Development Administration, Department of Energy, EPA, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Protective Services, General Services Administration, Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Communication System, National Geospatial Agency, and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.