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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In response to the tornado in Joplin, Monett area organizations and individuals have launched several tornado relief efforts.

Local residents are encouraged to participate in these efforts, which are listed below.

A "Monett Loves Joplin" relief effort is now underway. Local residents are encouraged to drop off a tote bag full of hygiene items and label it for a baby, girl, boy, woman or man.

A cloth tote bag or shoe bag can be filled with any of the following items: washcloth; toothbrush; toothpaste; shampoo and conditioner; body wash; new underwear, bra or flip flops; bar of soap; hand sanitizer; deodorant; contact solution or eye drops; wet wipes; comb or brush; razor; hair ties; feminine hygiene products; blanket; Band-aids; rubbing alcohol; peroxide; or items for children under 2 such as wet wipes, diapers and formula.

The hygiene kits can be dropped off at the following locations: the Monett Fundamental Methodist Church at 810 13th St.; Mocha Jo's at 404 E. Broadway; the First Presbyterian Church at 700 Sycamore; or Ozark Christian Church at 7916 Farm Road 2057 in Purdy.

The drive will continue for two to three weeks. For more information or questions call 417-669-7009 or 417-669-7550.

The Monett FFA will be joining the community-wide effort to help the victims of Sunday's tornado in the Joplin area. They will have a table set up at Walmart to collect donations. They will be there from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 to collect supplies for those affected.

Supplies needed include: bottled water; baby formula; baby wipes; diapers; canned or nonperishable foods; shampoo; toothpaste; toothbrushes; blankets; pillows; and adult and children clothes of all sizes.

Financial and monetary donations are welcome. All items will go directly to families and victims of the Joplin Tornado. Jared Childress, Monett FFA president, said the Monett FFA and community would like to help them the way they did when the May 4, 2003, tornado struck and affected Pierce City and rural Monett.

St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett is serving as a drop-off point for items to be taken to Joplin following the tornado. The church is collecting non-perishable food items, bottled water and hygiene products. Drop-offs can be made from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Due to the high volume of injuries and casualties resulting from the tornado in Joplin, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has received many requests on how medical personnel might volunteer to assist in relief efforts.

At this time, the Department of Health and Senior Services' Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism is asking that medical personnel register with the Show-Me Response registry, an electronic registry for volunteer medical professionals. Once a volunteer's credentials have been checked and validated, the volunteer will be contacted and directed where to go based on the person's expertise and the services needed at that time.

Since Monday at 6 p.m., the Department of Health has received over 2,000 requests to register with the Show-Me Response program. Though a fantastic show of public service, it does create a problem for the program's servers in computing the influx of website registrants.

Secondly, to be in compliance with the federal guidelines for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals, all medical credentials must be validated and that process might take up to a week. Medical professionals wanting to volunteer are asked to be patient and to not report directly to Joplin without first being approved.

The Show-Me Response website where medical professionals can register is found at https://showmeresponse.org/.

All others who want to volunteer their services who are not medical professionals should call United Way 211. To call, just dial "211" from inside Missouri or 1-800-427-4626. United Way can also be contacted by going to their website to register at http://www.211missouri.org/. United Way 211 works with other voluntary organizations active in disasters (VOADs) and will assist with coordinating volunteer deployments by matching up skills with needs.

For persons wanting to check on loved ones who they cannot contact or for those who have survived, visit Red Cross' Safe and Well site at http://redcross.org/safeandwell.

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