Joplin reverend to speak in Columbia about the tornado's aftermath and future precautions

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 11:32 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — St. Paul’s United Methodist Church was in the path of the EF5 tornado that devastated Joplin last May.

Its reverend, Aaron Brown, has been invited to Columbia to speak about what happened in the days that followed, what actions he took, what he would have done differently and what things he wished he had known. 

“If something good can come out of a tragedy, then it needs to be shared,” Brown said.

The Faith Communities Disaster Network is sponsoring Brown’s visit. It wants pastors, leaders and general staff of Columbia churches to learn how to prepare and respond in the event of other emergency situations.

There will be a lunch afterward where speakers, including Red Cross representatives trained in emergency preparedness, will be giving presentations. Their goal is to prepare local churches to serve as resources in case of natural disasters, not only for their congregations but for the community as a whole.

The Rev. Brown will be speaking at 10 a.m. June 5 at Broadway Christian Church. The event is free and open to the public.

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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