Photo rescue group plans Joplin handover event

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 7:34 a.m. CST; updated 9:51 a.m. CST, Thursday, November 21, 2013

JOPLIN — A group that collected thousands of photos after the Joplin tornado is planning a ceremony this week in the southwest Missouri city.

The National Disaster Photo Rescue collected more than 35,000 photos after the deadly May 2011 twister. Ultimately, more than 17,000 of those images were reunited with more than 700 families.

During Friday's ceremony at the Joplin Museum Complex, the group will present the remaining photographs, documents and personal items to be archived. Those wishing to claim photos in the future will be able to do so with the help of museum staff.

The National Disaster Photo Rescue organization said in a news release it will continue to provide website and social media assistance to the Joplin Museum for the immediate future.

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