The American Red Cross has sent aid to Joplin Missouri following the tornado that touched down Sunday night. Click to hear KMZU’s Jillian Molloy talk with Mid-Missouri Chapter Communications Director Mike Flannigan.

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Governor Jay Nixon also activated the Missouri National Guard to assist Joplin residents.

Press Release from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon:

Gov. Jay Nixon immediately mobilized the Missouri National Guard after tornados ripped through Joplin earlier this evening.

“As soon as we heard the news of the tornados, the Missouri National Guard began mobilization activities,” said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.  “Your Missouri National Guard is bringing experienced Citizen-Soldiers and leaders to provide the best support we have to our neighbors in Joplin.”

Expected support missions include: search and rescue, emergency route clearance, communications support and security.

Missouri’s Soldiers and Airmen will continue working in support of local authorities until released by the governor.

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