Florida Red Cross assures support one year after deadly Missouri tornado
A year ago, a tornado tore through Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people and causing nearly $3 billion in damage. In the year since the tornado, residents and volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear debris and rebuild a community shaken by the violent storm. Catherine Awasthi spoke with North Central Florida Red Cross Emergency Service Programmer Casey Schmelz to see how the organized efforts to help recover are continuing.
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