A handful of local organizations are rallying to support victims after severe weather ripped through the Ozarks on Tuesday.
The U.S. National Weather Service identified 11 tornadoes that touched down in Barry, Christian, Dade, Douglas, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Ozark, Polk, Stone and Taney counties. The Ozarks also experienced flooding, and the NWS reports flash flooding remains a concern in the coming days.
The strongest storm of the night, an EF2 tornado spanning 10 miles, hit Ozark and Rogersville after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The NWS reported three injuries with hundreds of homes damaged and trees uprooted, and several homes destroyed.
Convoy of Hope’s U.S. Disaster Services team is responding to damage from the tornado in Ozark’s Waterford neighborhood to clean up downed trees, secure properties and distribute packing supplies.
“Our primary involvement right now is distributing totes to people so they are able to pack up some of their belongings and have a safe means of storing those items,” spokesman Jeff Nene said via email. “We are also doing tree removal and debris removal as needed.”
This is the 10th disaster Convoy of Hope has responded to so far this year, according to a news release.
“In addition to the work we are doing in Ozark, we are also working with Greene County Emergency Management to assess potential needs in the rest of the affected area,” said Stacy Lamb, Convoy’s senior director of U.S. disaster services, in the release.
Gov. Mike Parson is scheduled to visit the Waterford subdivision this afternoon to asses storm damage and meet with first responders and volunteer coordinators, according to a separate news release.
Following EF1 tornadoes in Rogersville and Willard, the Greene County Commission voted last night to declare a local state of emergency due to the severe weather, according to a release. The declaration allows action to help protect the health, safety and welfare of county residents.
The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management also is establishing a volunteer coordination center at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Rogersville to help those affected by the storm with debris cleanup efforts.
“We are extremely grateful that we have an active community who are willing to help those affected by Tuesday’s storm,” said Larry Woods, director of OEM, in the release. “That’s why it is important to have a coordinated effort to effectively help our friends and neighbors.”
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is accepting donations to support storm victims. Among the hardest-hit communities in CFO’s service region are Ozark, Rogersville, Willard, Miller and Wheaton.
Online or mailed donations can be made to the Southern Missouri Recovery Fund. The Finley River Community Foundation, an affiliate of CFO based in Ozark, has established a specific fund for recovery needs for its community.
Also in Ozark, Finley Farms is hosting a raffle this month for a 2019 Tracker Off Road ATV donated by the Morris family of Bass Pro Shops. Tickets are available for purchase during the farmers market, held 3-7 p.m. every Thursday.
Proceeds will be used to pay for school supplies, prom dresses, emergency shelter, gas cards, furniture and household goods through Ozark Cares Network, a coalition organized by the Ozark School District and Care to Learn.
“This community comes together in times of celebration and hardship. As we establish a new venue for Ozark, we want to help everyone recover from this week’s devastating storms by bringing people together in support of one another,” said Megan Morris, one of the Finley Farms organizers, in a news release.
Several GoFundMe pages have been established to support victims of the storm. One of the largest has raised more than $30,000 as of this morning for Galin Campbell and his family, who lost their home in Rogersville due to the tornado.
The community’s architectural and engineering professionals present these 25 projects as an insight into their portfolios.
Vineese Knight with the Massengale Group Of Keller Williams says when she was a young salesperson the biggest mistake she made was looking at people as numbers. She started experiencing real success when she made the mental shift to thinking of her customers as people and genuinely caring about their needs above her own.
Cody Ritter, owner of Base Construction & Management LLC, attributes the company's fast growth in part to keeping customers happy. Base Construction & Management LLC is one of the Springfield Business Journal 2019 Dynamic Dozen companies, recognizing the 12 fastest growing companies in the area.
"You are a leader," says Carrie Richardson, Executive Director of Leadership Springfield. She gives suggestions as to how you can develop your leadership skills.
Michael Wehreberg, Wehrenberg Design Company, discusses the shift in the last five years in web site design to mobile-first designs. Ultimately, you have to think of the human first and serve them with ease, and Google will give you credit for being mobile friendly.
Ömer Önder, owner of Springfield Diner, struggles with the process of renaming his restaurant. The process led by Dustin Myers and Jeremy Wells, owners of the branding agency Longitude LLC. Ömer expresses all of the emotions he is going through as they work together to revise his seating, menu, hours, and a name to reflect those changes.
It is projected that 10,000 people in the United States will turn 65 years old everyday for 19 years, and non profits are going to be competing over the coming years in a fierce labor market. Give Five was developed as a civic matchmaking program to help connect capable retirees with charitable organizations that need help. Greg Burris outlines the problems the program addresses, opportunities for individuals and organizations, as well as how United Way of the Ozarks is licensing to the program to share with other communities.
Jamie Kinkeade noticed most of the women in her fitness classes at The Studio were wearing Lululemon. She knew her clients were driving to Kansas City to purchase the brand, so she approached the athletic apparel company to stock their merchandise in her store, The Movement. They said "no" at first because they were not looking to expand into the Springfield market, but her persistence paid off.
With more job openings than people to fill them, it is time for your company to evaluate how you are motivating and engaging your team to help you retain and attract the best talent. Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, walks you through tangible and intangible incentives that encourage employee engagement, performance enhancement, and higher job satisfaction.
"When we first started we thought we could pretty much do this on our own," discloses Vera Gibbons with Baby Foot®. "We thought we knew what would be great...that's not really what happened." Gibbons recommends partnering with a strong marketing partner early and give them a budget.
With four generations in the workplace, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how each approaches brainstorming can make all the difference in arriving at the best idea. Boomer Kay Logsdon, Director of Applications at CultureWaves, and self-described fossil Millennial Locke Hilderbrand share what their trends research at CultureWaves tells us about generational differences and tips on how to bridge the gaps. Generations in the Workplace is an ongoing multi-episode series tackling the issues of generational conflict.