Personal Aspects Of Natural Disasters

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Across the World people know what a natural disaster is, but have never actually experienced one first hand. Natural disasters are events that are unexpected, and can ruin a town in a matter of just a few minutes. Just a few hours away from my home town lies a big city that is nicknamed Jomo. This town sounds small and mysterious, but it is actually very well known. This town is Joplin, Missouri. Growing up in a small Southern Missouri town I have experienced multiple tornadoes, but never knew just how dangerous they can be. However, in the month of May 2011 I became very aware of the danger. On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado hit the town of Joplin, and destroyed almost half of the city. This event hit very close to home for many people in my community. This tornado is the most expensive tornado in US history, and I first hand got to experience the destruction. A few days after the tornado hit my family and friends decided to go help this nearby town. I thought it was going to be an easy trip, but I ended up seeing things that will never leave my mind. My family and I woke up at four in the morning to begin our two day journey. I was 13 at the time, and knew very little about what was going on before I got to Joplin. We arrived to Joplin around seven, with a whole day of plans ahead of us. I still remember the drive into town. We saw hundreds of people on the side of the street. Most of these people were sleeping on blankets right in the middle of the town. This is when I

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