Last evening, a massive tornado struck Joplin, MO – leaving at least 89 dead and many residents homeless.  Between 25-30% of the city suffered significant damage, including a local hospital and school.

Officials are urging residents to stay at home if possible, and extensive search and rescue efforts are underway. Joplin officials ask that any first responders or medical professionals who are available join in their efforts.

Here is the info we’ve gathered so far – feel free to add in the comments or on our Facebook Page. We found quite a bit of this info here.

Joplin, MO Facebook Page for up to the minute conversations.

CNN Live Blog of the disaster

Red Cross Safe and Well page:  Check to see if friends and family are safe and well.  If you are a Joplin resident you can list yourself as safe and well on this site.

National Americorp Volunteers are setting up a national hotline for residents to call to check on loved ones. The number is             (417) 659-5464      .

Online map with specific site related information for Joplin, MO tornado.

Other numbers to call — triage centers:

417-623-3254       (joplin memorial hall)

417-624-9320       (mcauley school)

417-347-6656       (freeman hospital)

Integris Baptist Health Center in Miami –             918-542-6611

McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage             417-358-8121

St. John’s Hospital in Springfield             417-820-2000

Via Christi in Pittsburg             620-231-6100

Barton County hospital in Lamar             417-681-5700

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