Abramson, D. and Culp, D. (2013). At the Crossroads of Long-Term Recovery: Joplin, Missouri Six Months after the May 22, 2011 Tornado. National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University.
Researchers interviewed key officials, community leaders, and individuals affected by the tornadoes that struck Joplin in 2011. This report highlights the town's "positive recovery trajectory," due to four critical actions and accomplishments involving: quick debris removal, the rebuilding and reopening of schools, hospital staff being retained while a sponsor committed to building a new facility, and the establishment of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team.