From 2004 to 2007 I lived in Joplin, Missouri and was on the radio at KIXQ and KBTN, All night I tried contacting friends but could only get a hold of a few of them via text and here are some of the text I recieved . " Not much left at my house but we are alive", " Hurt but alive, lost everything glad to be alive" , " I took cover in my bathtub......not sure where it went. I ended up 30 ft away under 2 feet of debris. So happy to be alive!! " Very haunting words from people that are near and dear to my heart. Then this morning I also received word that the apartment building I lived in was totally destroyed.

Here is an aerial video taken by helicopter surveying the damage

Those wishing to help the residents of Joplin can contact the Red Cross at 1-800-427-4626. If you are a nurse or doctor wishing to help, please call (417) 832-9500. You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 or donate online here. Please keep Joplin, Missouri in your thoughts and prayers.