Editor's note: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon discusses the state's efforts to expedite identification of bodies after the tornado in Joplin.
Let us all pray for those who lost loved ones and that God has all of them in His care. Also let us pray for all those that are injured that they may be healed swiftly. May God bless all those who have helped in the search and rescue and that Joplin will quickly complete the recovery for those suffering in their loss.
I know that the loved ones need to have closure and that identification has been slow and painful. I watch CNN and here the same questions asked to Gov. Nixon show after show, trying to find out why it is taking so long. Is it not obvious on why it is taking so long? I sure you do not want misidentified bodies, which has happened, or having a line of people looking at every body before they find their loved one. Guys, give the process a chance to play out. If it takes 2 weeks to accurately identify a loved one, that sure is better than misidentifying someone that may look like their family member. I guess what I am saying, seems like you need to have some compassion for those that are trying their best to do a accurate and pain staking job.
Is it possible that the governor has been told to wait until the President makes his visit on Sunday to allow major access to the morgue? I think that was why he was so defensive when Anderson tried to pin him down on when, and saying he didn't have to check with anybody on when. I think his hands have been tied and he is really politically pinned down.
Anderson, thanks for all you have done for the people in Joplin. Sorry you couldn't get Jay to answer your questions!
I'm sure if it wasn't for CNN the people would still be in another line!
Hi Anderson, My husband and I have been watching your coverage of the devastation in Joplin...great job! We are both wondering why nothing has been posted on the screen re:where people who want to help can make a donation. In the past, that's always provided in a natural disaster. Maybe you could have the number for Salvation Army, Red Cross, etc on the bottom of the screen. Thanks...P.S. never miss your show...you're the best!
Thank you for your great coverage of the families' frustrations at trying to get their loved ones bodies identified and claimed. Anderson tried repeatedly to get the governor of Missouri to explain the delays. The governor wouldn't cooperate and it made him look foolish. Anderson, keep speaking up for the tornado victim's families!
Having lived through Katrina, I would like to share a few suggestions. It is important to remember that this is an unusual event, which makes it a learning process. The officials of Joplin are not going to get everything right the first time. Contact New Orleans, see if their system for letting families identify their loved ones would work in Joplin. Set up a mental health area now, and please health care workers flood the area and help these people. The families going to the morgue are going to need support, and there will not be enough available doctors in Joplin. Also, set up an area, a tent will work, the people that did not loose a love one will also need to have access to Mental Health Care Workers. These people are going to have night mares for weeks, and many will not be able to sleep at all. Also, is there not a state hospital or state lab nearby that can help with the DNA results? I would bet that FEMA will pay for this. The people of Joplin are in my prayers.
My Uncle Leo Brown is on the list of missing people in Joplin, though it was confirmed on Monday afternoon that he had died in the tornado. My Uncle Paul Brown found him in the morgue and identified his body already. Now he is listed as missing?
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