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Joplin Tornado Response

January 10, 2012. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, Joplin Police Chief, Lane Roberts, discusses the details and decisions that made this a successful coordinated response between state and local emergency management staff.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

On the evening of May 22, 2011, a half mile-wide tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri destroying 30 percent of the city in 10 minutes. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Joplin Police Chief, Lane Roberts, recounts the events of the storm from the early warning signals to the community’s recovery. Roberts also discusses the details and decisions that made this a successful coordinated response between state and local emergency management staff.

Air date: January 10, 2012

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the unique nature of a tornadic event
  • Compare the nature and success of the response to other disasters
  • Identify and evaluate the decisions that distinguish this disaster response

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public health nurses; Local and state emergency management staff; Volunteer organizations such as American Red Cross; First responders

Slides and Resources

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenter

Lane Roberts, MS, has been a police officer since 1971. Chief Roberts has served in his current role as Chief of Police for Joplin, MO since 2007. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Police in Redmond, OR for seven years. Chief Roberts has also served as Undersheriff of Yakima County, WA, Chief of Police of Union Gap, WA, and Chief of Police of Twisp, WA. He received his Master of Science degree from San Francisco Technical University and is a graduate of the Northwest Executive Command College. Chief Roberts currently serves as the Regional Vice President of the Region 3, Missouri Police Chiefs Association and was appointed by Governor Jeremiah Nixon to the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.

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