A team of seven Tzu Chi volunteers arrived in Kansas City, Missouri to attend the NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) annual conference. From May 23-26, the conference gathers FEMA and disaster relief organizations across the United States to share and discuss know-hows in disaster operations. On May 23 and 24, many disaster relief staff and volunteers from various organizations are also traveling to Joplin City, Missouri, to conduct tornado relief assessment. This tornado in Joplin City has killed more than 100 people, leaving hundreds of people injured. It is also one of the deadliest tornadoes in the area.
On May 24, a team of nine Tzu Chi volunteers from Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City will arrive in Joplin City by noon to conduct assessment. They plan to first visit the Chinese community and Tzu Chi supporters and honorary board member who were affected by the tornado in Joplin City, delivering Tzu Chi volunteers’love and care. They will also assess the general needs in the city. After assessment, the relief team plans to distribute emergency cash cards and blankets to those in need in the city of Joplin City.
On Saturday, May 21, Tzu Chi volunteers from Texas traveled to Griffin, Georgia, to distribute emergency cash cards and blankets. Volunteers from Texas will be traveling to Arkansas and Tennessee to conduct tornado relief assessment and prepare for distributions during this week.