SOM alumnus describes scene of Joplin tornado

James Riscoe, M.D., ’75, an internal medicine physician in Joplin, Mo., said Monday on CNN that nothing prepares someone emotionally for what took place on Sunday when a massive tornado swept through Joplin.

Riscoe, who works at St. John’s Medical Center, said the hospital was ground zero for the storm that claimed more than 120 lives, the deadliest storm in the United States since 1950. Watch his description of the aftermath in this interview with CNN.

At the UMKC School of Medicine, students working with one of the national relief organizations have organized collections to benefit those affected by the Joplin tornado. Among the items being collected are blankets, gently-used clothing, new underwear, shoes, basic toiletries such as shampoos, soaps, hygiene products, etc. Medical supplies are not beimg collected at this time.

Students are planning to send the donated items to Joplin during the Memorial Day weekend. Collection boxes are available in the main lobby of the medical school and in the Office of Student Affairs. For more information, contact Kirstin Hirni at kchgx2@umkc.edu, 660-441-0286, or Mallika Thampy at mst54c@umkc.edu, 314-359-5658.

Any students or faculty who would like to volunteer as medical professionals should register at Show-Me Response https://www.showmeresponse.org). Anyone wishing to volunteer is reminded that they should not go to Joplin on their own without being requested or connected to an organized relief effort.

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