MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Officials in Joplin, Mo., have brought together a team of public safety employees that they are sending to tornado-stricken Moore.
Joplin was devastated by a tornado two years ago. On Monday, Joplin organized a team of about a dozen police and firefighters to assist in Moore.
Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr says his community remembers the assistance it received in 2011 and feels an obligation to lend a hand in Moore.
“They have friends out there that are going to help them,” he said. “They’re going to need some assistance from others in the nearby area and throughout the country and throughout the world and we’re ready to respond and help to whatever degree we can in whatever assistance they need.”
The team from Joplin is to conduct a needs assessment and help determine areas in which Moore needs further assistance.
161 people were killed by the tornado that tore through Joplin.