Devastation in Joplin, MO

The Wade home was totally destroyed.

Joplin, MO (05.26.11) – The devastation from the recent tornado in Joplin, followed by torrential rains, can not be adequately described in words.

The Creative Car Audio store, located on Main Street in downtown Joplin, was miraculously  received only minor damage.

Don Fleury, his crew in Joplin and the entire community are rallying to literally pick up the pieces, and begin anew. Several Creative Car Audio staff members lost their homes.

“I stood on the foundation, virtually all that was left, of Heather and Jeremy Wade’s home and looked to the west. I could see the hospital that many have seen on TV – almost 4 miles away! For that 4 mile stretch everything had been leveled,” Fluery recounted to 12voltnews.com.

The Creative Car Audio location has become a support center and meeting place for many in Joplin. The installation bay area is set up with tables for many to get a meal and refreshments. The store has all municipal services, including internet access. Many in the community are using the internet in the store to look for, or contact, friends and relatives.

As a Company, with Fleury guiding the way, they have pulled out all the stops to help employees find a place to live and literally survive this disaster.

“Thousands are without homes and a place to live in Joplin. That being said the community shelters are not filled. Friends, neighbors and relatives have opened their homes and hearts for those so in need,” said Fleury.

What's left of Mike Kane's home.

Rob Richardson (TV’s Trick my Truck) owns Robs Audio in Joplin, his home and store was unscathed fortunately.

Mike Kane, owner of Tint FX is Joplin, like so many others in the community, is dealing with the loss of his home, vehicles and virtually everything in the home. In Kane’s case the F5 winds of the tornado did so much damage to the structure and property. Reports are some of the contents may have disappeared at the hands of opportunists. Kane and his family, along with so many in Joplin, are trying to come to grips with the totality of the destruction and contemplating their futures. Kane’s store remains intact.

Below is the information to help out the guys at Creative Car Audio in Joplin. Several of the employees have lost homes. The damage is 6 miles long and between 1 and 1/2 mile wide. Right through the middle of town. They are also setting up a community support location at their store which is right on the edge of the destruction.

If you want to help out your stereo friends in Joplin the contact info is below.

Items for donation can be sent to Creative Car Audio at 629 South Main, Joplin MO 64801.

Please read this message from Don Fleury and lend all the support you have at hand.

To make a donation to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page. Once there you can enter the zip code for Joplin, 64801, to make sure that the money will be directed to their local Joplin chapter.

You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.

World Vision teams are heading to Joplin, Mo., and northern Minneapolis, Minn., to assess the tornado damage. World Vision focuses on aiding children and is providing hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other relief and building items.

To donate $10, text the word “TORNADO” to 20222 or call 888-56-CHILD.

To donate to the United Way, call 417-624-0153.

The Salvation Army‘s emergency disaster services teams are helping to feed residents and first responders in Joplin; Reading, Kan.; and parts of Minnesota affected by the storms.

To donate to the The Salvation Army’s efforts, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org and click on the donation page.

You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. And you can mail a donation to Joplin Tornado Relief, The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

To help those in need click these links http://goo.gl/qanaF or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Springfield-MO/Creative-Car-Audio/138151408483