Launch of Online Archive for Anniversary of Joplin Tornado

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Launch of Online Archive for Anniversary of Joplin Tornado

Manhattan, KS Agency Develops Interactive Archive for Stories, Pictures and Videos

MANHATTAN, Kan. (May 22, 2014) – JNT Company, a local creative agency, has developed an interactive archive of the events of May 22, 2011 told by those who experienced it firsthand.

The website, www.rejoplin.org, allows survivors and community members to share and view stories, pictures, videos and other files of the tornado, devastation, and rebuilding efforts.

The catastrophic EF5 tornado hit late in the afternoon of May 22, 2011, killed 161 people, injured approximately 1,150 others and caused nearly $3 billion worth of damage.

Almost immediately, terabytes of video, audio and other information files were collected. Joplin City Information Services director, Mark Morris shares, “we saw an overwhelming desire of our residents to share information, but at that time didn’t really have a great place to store it or allow others to access it. ReJoplin.org allows that in a way that is sensitive to the families and community while focusing on rebuilding and recovery.”

JNT Company created the custom website, offering a platform for the community to share and remember. They also partnered with Ambitious Pixels of Kansas City to create a documentary video of the events.

JNT Founder, Jeff Hake says “we were inspired by the outpouring of support for Joplin and wanted to do what we could to help keep the memories alive, not only of what was lost, but was gained in the sense of community and stories.”

Rejoplin.org also offers a section called “InRemembrance” in which those who were lost in the tornado have been memorialized.

Visit www.rejoplin.org to view or share memories and information from the 2011 tornado. Joplin residents and volunteers can create an account to share stories, pictures, videos, audio and more.

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