Joplin Missouri Tornado

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri

Joplin Missouri Tornado report.

When I got on the internet this morning and started to check email that had not been looked at since Sunday I found 2 emails from Active Rain.  They were inquiries about my well being from AR members whom I have never met.

My initial reaction was surprise but it should not been.  This is a very caring community and I want everyone to know it.  In fact, our whole real estate community is very caring of one another.

As I wrote my reply to the first email from Lynda I thought I should post it on Active Rain for all to see.  So below is my answer to Lynda and Emily.  I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Lynda:

I appreciate your email.  My immedate family is all fine.  All of the agents at our Keller Williams office are alive.  Several totally lost their homes and a lot of their homes were severely damaged. 

One agent is in the hospital and his son is missing. (Will Norton who has made national news was on the way home from his high school graduation, in the car with his dad and was sucked out of the car thru the sun roof.  Don't know if he is in an area hospital unidentified.  We are all praying!!)

Pictures don't even begin to describe the scene here.  I can not even drive to the office without crying.  Saying that neighborhoods are flattened is no exageration!!  At times you need a GPS to know where you are.  All landmarks are gone.

As they check houses for trapped residents, they are spray painting a large X on the outside to show that it has been checked.  (That is if there is a standing wall to spray)

The response for help has been overwhelming.  Yesterday our board of realtors was set up with over 5000 pairs of shoes donated from another board in Missouri.  People were picking out shoes and we were handing out toiletries, paper towels, blankets, bottled water, etc.

And of course we are all scrambling to find any listing that can be rented.  We have all been on the phone for the last 2 days looking for places for people to stay.  (Now that our cell phones will work again.  The first 2 days all we could do was text.)

Our office was not damaged but 2 real estate offices were destroyed.  We have all services back except internet at our office.

Our office has had a closed Facebook page for just our agents for sometime.  I don't know what we would have done without it.  From the beginning, people started checking in and also reporting on others they had talked to.  It only took us one day to get everyone in our office accounted for.

It has been a place to post what we are needing for clients all the way from warehouses and office space to housing.  If you don't have one set up at your office, you need to do so now.  You never know when you will need it.  With all the smart phones, we were all able to access it for info even without internet or phone service.

Again, I thank you for your inquiry.  I am sure you did not expect this long disertation for a reply but I got started writing and could not stop.  I am sorry it took so long to answer you but I have just looked at my email for the first time.  It took a while to get power and internet services back.  I have all of that here at home now.

Barbara Calwhite, GRI
Keller Williams of Southwest Missouri
Cell: 417-438-7387
Direct Line: 417-659-7556

 

 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: are you okay in Joplin? (Sent via Activerain)
From: "Orange Co. Real Estate~Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,
CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea, CA" <Lynda@PreferredHomeBrokers.com>
Date: Mon, May 23, 2011 8:49 pm
To: "Barbara Calwhite, Specializing in Relocation"
<Barbara@BarbaraCalwhite.com>

You've received a contact message from your Contact Form on the ActiveRain network.

Message details:
From: Orange Co. Real Estate~Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner, CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea, CA
Email: Lynda@PreferredHomeBrokers.com
Subject: are you okay in Joplin? (Sent via Activerain)

Hi Barbra, I found you on AR and I'm so worried about all of you there. Are you okay, I've been watching the news (from my home in Southern Cal) and it's hearbreaking seeing the devastation. I hope you and your family are okay.
My best, Lynda Eisenmann

You've received a contact message from your Contact Form on the ActiveRain network.

Message details:
From: Emily Medvec ~ Santa Fe NM | CRS SRES | 505-660-4541
Email: emilymedvec@gmail.com
Subject: Hope you all KW team OK (Sent via Activerain)

Hi Barbara, I hope this finds you ok given what I just saw on the news. Still hard to comprehend. Reaching out to let you know your community is in my prayers.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Location:
Missouri Jasper County Joplin
Groups:
Realtors®
Keller Williams 'Rainers
Keller Williams Active Rain Bloggers
Keller Williams
Tags:
real estate agents
missouri
joplin

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
506,932
Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744

Barbara, thanks for the update. You, your office and your community are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cal

May 27, 2011 03:29 PM #1
Rainmaker
324,603
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Thank you.  I appreciate it.

May 27, 2011 03:40 PM #2
Ambassador
1,549,703
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Barbara.....we all care for and love our AR community. I hit the suggest on this and hope everyone reads this. We call ourselves a community, but this is when we can really come together and support each other. Best to you and your lovely city. I've been through Joplin many times back and forth from college near St. Louis along Route 66....just so sad for everyone there. Karen

May 28, 2011 04:35 AM #3
Rainmaker
324,603
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Thank you Karen.  The outpouring of help and support here has been overwhelming.

May 29, 2011 01:31 AM #4
Rainmaker
435,288
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Great blog - seeing all the stories come out of your area about people in community with one another is inspiring!

May 31, 2011 03:16 AM #5
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
324,603

Barbara Calwhite

417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation
Ask me about finding a new home!
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention