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Response and Recovery after the Joplin Tornado: Lessons Applied and Lessons Learned


Daniel J. Smith


Johnson Center at Troy University

Daniel Sutter


University of Oklahoma

May 6, 2013


Abstract:     
An EF-5 Tornado struck Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011, leaving a twenty mile long path of destruction in its wake. An estimated 7,500 homes and over 500 businesses were damaged or destroyed, with damage estimated at up to $3 billion. Joplin has seen a rapid recovery despite the extensive damage. The Joplin tornado provides a valuable opportunity to determine if findings from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina apply to other major natural disasters. This study uses interviews with various government officials, church leaders, charities, business owners, and homeowners, as well as conventional data, to examine the response and recovery efforts in Joplin. We argue that Joplin’s rapid recovery is a result of Federal, state and local officials letting the voluntary sector, including businesses, national charities, churches, and local community groups, lead the response and recovery.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: disasters, disaster management, recovery, tornadoes, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

JEL Classification: H84, Q54

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Date posted: May 7, 2013  

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Smith, Daniel J. and Sutter, Daniel, Response and Recovery after the Joplin Tornado: Lessons Applied and Lessons Learned (May 6, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2261353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2261353

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Daniel J. Smith (Contact Author)
Johnson Center at Troy University ( email )
151 Bibb Graves Hall
Troy, AL 36082
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.danieljosephsmith.com/
Daniel Sutter
University of Oklahoma ( email )
307 W Brooks
Department of Economics Office Hest 329
Norman, OK 73019
United States
405-325-2861 (Phone)
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