This Day Marks the First Anniversary of the Devastating EF-5 Tornado that ripped through Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011

Almost one year ago the town of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a tornado that ended up being one of the worst disasters in US history.  Causing an estimated $1,347,882,644 dollars in damage, the destruction from the tornado was the biggest insurance payout in Missouri’s history.  the twister killed 161 people and many others were hurt or injured.  The Tornado damaged or destroyed 10 public schools, including Joplin High School.  Thuesday’s anniversary ceremonies were expected to include groundbreakings at three schools— An elementary school, a middle school and the high school, which is scheduled to reopen in 2014.

Shortly after this horrible devastation occurred ECHO DCL was approached and asked to provide a Modular Locker Room Facility for the East Middle School at Crossroads Industrial Complex in Joplin, MO.  We were proud to complete a 3,000 sq. ft. Modular Space in less than 30 days to the students that had been displaced.  A new 150,000 square foot Mercy’s Hospital is now open in Joplin as well.

On May 22nd 2012 the community will come together in the same spirit of unity it displayed in the wake of the storm.  There will be all day festivities planned around the community including a “Day of Unity” walk.  Much rebuilding has been done thanks to the many volunteers that came together from all over.  And with the continued support of these great people the rebuilding will continue.