U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced today that new disaster assistance is headed to Joplin to help rebuild the local hospital destroyed in last year's devastating tornado.
Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Mercy Health of Joplin will receive more than $1.5 million dollars for temporary medical offices to be used while the nearly 150,000 square feet of medical offices are rebuilt. According to FEMA, the disaster assistance will provide temporary medical offices that allow the hospital to continue providing critical medical services to the community.
"Today's announcement is another step toward fulfilling the promise I made to never give up on this community as they seek to rebuild what was lost," McCaskill said. "Mercy Hospital has been crucial to helping the sick and suffering in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, despite the damage they suffered-and this new disaster aid coming to Joplin will help them stay open for business as they, too, work to rebuild."
Recently, McCaskill met with the Joplin Area Coalition including Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin School District Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff, and Missouri Southern State University Vice President of Development Dr. JoAnn Graffam to discuss progress on the city's tornado recovery efforts.
McCaskill also recently announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval of more than $12 million in grant resources for Joplin that will create job opportunities in the region with projects aimed at road and rail improvements and expansions. McCaskill strongly supported the city's application, which she says will help boost jobs, business, and economic recovery in the region.
The total amount of federal resources that have been provided for tornado recovery in Joplin exceeds $250 million.