Two years after its own deadly tornado, Joplin, Mo., sends help to Oklahoma

About a dozen public safety employees from Joplin, Mo., are headed to Moore, Okla., to assist in the aftermath of the deadly tornado there.

Joplin, which was hit by a killer twister in May 2011, will work with officials in Moore as the search for survivors continues and the cleanup begins.

“We remember the amount of assistance that we received following the tornado two years ago, and we want to help others as they helped us,” Mark Rohr, Joplin’s city manager, said in announcing the aid Monday night.

“Our thoughts and payers are with our neighbors in Oklahoma,” Rohr said.

An EF5 tornado hit Joplin on May 22, 2011, killing 161 people.

Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com