Frustration for Tornado Survivors: Join the Live Chat
Part of a mangled car door sits atop a tree near the spot where Charles Richardson's home once stood in Joplin, Missouri.
May 25th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Frustration for Tornado Survivors: Join the Live Chat

New and dangerous storms out there tonight as the deadliest tornado season in more than half-a-century continues. Anderson will be reporting from Joplin, Missouri where neighbors are helping neighbors. But stories are emerging, and frustration rising, about a lack of organization. We're Keeping Them Honest. We also have a remarkable story about an Oklahoma family that survived the tornado that hit last night.

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  1. Nina

    Good Night Anderson and everyone

    My heart goes out to all the families who have missing family members, or Anyone who cannot find a friend or loved one. I cannot even imagine the feelings. They are in my prayers

    May 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Paula, Colorado

    Great program tonight, Anderson. I hope you are able to get some rest!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Night Everyone! Anderson, you have a big loving heart for all the people!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, Ohio

    My thoughts are with all of the families tonight.

    Good night Jana, Emily, Mike, Nancy in Oregon, Starr, Nicole, Casey, and Megan.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. lilly

    Have a safe a good night everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone tonight.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  6. Lori, CA

    Good night Anderson and Everyone. Sweet dreams.

    I will say a prayer.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  7. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    Thank you Anderson & Team 360 in the field & in studio too. You All are doing a terrific job!

    Good night fellow writer, as always an amazing discussion and heart felt compassion.

    My feeling is that the authorities are doing the best that they can given the massive devestation and focus on rescue. However, i certainly understand the frustation and tension of the people Hopefully the Gov. will follow through as he said.
    I still believe that a central web site with pictures, or DNA testing if necessary is the way to go.
    Action like that could ease a lot of agony.
    I will All a safe & peaceful day tomorrow where ever you are.
    @Anderson, you know many of us are praying hard, but a good reminder. Thank you.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  8. Ed

    Great coverage of these horrible events. My heart goes out to the families affected.
    I keep seeing the graph showing the huge spike in tornado deaths this year after decades of reduced fatalities. I haven't heard anyone speculate as to why, although I suspect we all know why. Does anyone have data on the number and magnitude of tornadoes over the same period of time? I don't suspect this spike in deaths is due to people forgetting about the risk, but rather an increase in frequency and strength of these storms.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  9. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Awwwww!!!! What reunion for them to see their dog Roxy!!!!! 🙂

    Good night Anderson, Megan, Isha, and Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, JoAnn, Renee, Lori-CA, Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, Chi, Jana, Karyn, Lily, Merl, Marybeth, my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    See you tomorrow night, Have a great night & Sleep tight everyone!!!

    See you tomorrow in Joplin, Missouri!!!! Keep safe for me!! 🙂

    May 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  10. Janice OBrien, Atlantic City, New Jersey

    My God! When the earthquake devestated haiti within hrs a text number was given out on the airwaves of where to donate money to help. When the tsunami in Japan occurred within hrs the same was done, an international media notification and plea to send cash. What about our own countrymen? Don't they deserve as much if not more? They have no housing, no homes, no jobs and a bleak future. Why arent we helping them? Where are the truck loads of food, clothing, medicines? I I am retired and elderly on a meak income but I will give from my heart and pocketbooik for these poor people and neighbors. Americans, Get on the ball. Im sick and tired of helping out everyone else. Let's take care of our own by God.!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Sharon Hastings

    Just as an FYI, I found out today that the Red Cross has a "Spring Storms 2011" separate fund set up for donations to help these tornado victims. They really need money. You can donate online for a $10 minimum, can make a one time or monthly donation. Obviously the needs are great.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  12. lisal -canada

    good night – may everyone be and feel safe this evening

    May 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Good Story about roxie

    May 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Steve

    Regarding the denial of the Joplin survivors to indentify their dead: I find it almost impossible to believe that in this day and age common sense and compassion have given way to bureaucratic buffoonery of the most bizzare proportions. Give these poor folks a break! It's a good thing I am not there because I'd go ballistic if anyone told me I could not go back to my property or try and verify that my child was in the morgue! To add insult to injury I understand survivors are being required to fill out paperwork to do either? Will wonders ever cease......

    May 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Pam - San Diego

    Why is the US having such a bad year for these storms and Tornadoes?

    May 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I can understand the reluctance of some to photograph the victims, but didn't they take a detailed description of each body and document where it was found? Also, don't they have the victims separated into groups to make identification easier? This prolonged wait is unnecessary.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Brandi-Northern KY

    Natural Disasters are hard to prepare for, survivors walking around in shock, nowhere to go, nothing left, family members lost. We as humans have a responsibility to help those people any way we can. As neighbors stand up and help-there is a time to point fingers, and place blame...now is NOT that time.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Starr, formerly know as vincent

    You know we love the pet stories! God bless Roxie and i am so glad for that little girl. I hope this kind of story has played out over and over again. Great report by Ed.

    WOW, the Woods' house has unbelievable damage. Each picture is more amazing than the next.

    Prayers for Ryan- i hope they find him well. Blessings to the whole family too.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  19. lilly

    what a happy story, i'm glad rocky can be home with his family.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Anna

    While watching the show tonight, we didn't see any military, FEMA, or Red Cross there. The video footage only showed local residents and police looking through the debris and helping others. One would think that with all the Reservists and Guard available, they would be visible everywhere. It would be helpful if there were some type of task force assigned to link people with loved ones. If they have enough staff at the morgue to give out paperwork to people looking for their child, it seems they would have enough staff for someone to verify if the child was there. Giving out information prevents time and resources from being wasted in the long run.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  21. Lori, CA

    Amazing story about Roxy! Definitely this is a bright spot.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  22. Lori, CA

    News reporting is a really important job and there is never a lack of work. Anderson is doing a great job.

    May 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
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