The Road to Resilience – Lessons from Joplin

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In September, Firestorm was pleased to share information from the Joplin Proud Summit, celebrating five years of resiliency and growth in the rebuilding of Joplin, Mo. The Summit was held at Missouri Southern State University.

When I asked Jane Cage of the Joplin Proud Committee, what Firestorm could do for her to help Joplin continue in its recovery, she said “Share.” Sharing is very like Jane, and very like Joplin.

In this our third post of resources from the Summit, we share Part 1 of a recorded session titled “The Road to Resilience.”

In this session recording, City Leaders from across the central United States talk about the long road of recovery and resilience after experiencing some of the worst recorded disasters in the past decade. This was the first time that they joined together to discuss the lessons they have learned as their cities rebuild. Beth Freeman, Regional Administrator from FEMA Region VII, moderated the panel consisting of:

  • Bob Dixson – Mayor, city of Greensburg, KS
  • Sandi Fowler – Assistant City Manager, city of Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Steve Eddy – City Manager, city of Moore, OK
  • Walt Maddox – Mayor, city of Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Miranda Schuler – City Councilwoman, city of Minot, ND
  • Sam Anselm – City Manager, city of Joplin, MO
  • Troy Bolander – Director, Planning, Development and Neighborhood Services, city of Joplin, MO




Joplin Pays it Forward – a Collection of Essays from Community Leaders


Five Years Later: Rebuilding Joplin

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