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Ten years after deadly tornado, Joplin Missouri is disaster-ready

May 22 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Joplin, Missouri, tornado – the deadliest single tornado event in U.S. history. In these videos, Triple-I’s Scott Holeman shows how the people of Joplin have recovered and become more resilient.

The EF-5 tornado destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and was the largest insurance event in Missouri history, with insured losses totaling roughly $9 billion (in 2021 dollars).

Survivors of the 2011 tornado say many lessons were learned after the devastating storm. Local insurance experts say the disaster taught the community about the importance of renters insurance and keeping homeowners policies updated. 

Today, many Joplin residents prepare a “go-kit” whenever there’s a storm threat.

Numerous public facilities, businesses and residences have added enhanced safety modifications. The high school and hospital are prominent examples.

Disaster Planning For Businesses

This week is National Small Business Week (NSBW) and as the people of Joplin, Missouri mark the one-year anniversary of the deadliest tornado in U.S. history since modern-record keeping began, we’re reminded of the importance of disaster planning for businesses.

The Joplin Globe reports  on the remarkable recovery  rate that of the 553 businesses destroyed or severely damaged in the Joplin tornado a year ago, nearly 81 percent have reopened.

Businesses that are forced to close down following a disaster run the risk of never being able to open their doors again.

The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) notes that while there’s no way to lower the risk of a natural disaster, there are critical measures that can be taken to protect a company’s bottom line from nature’s fury.

A disaster plan and adequate insurance are keys to recovery.

Check out this I.I.I. video for info on insurance for the small and medium-sized business owner:

Another great resource is the IBHS Open for Business ® toolkit.