Participants in a disaster relief conference in Kansas City knew exactly what actions to take when tornadoes were reported nearby.
Wednesday's tornadoes left minor damage and no injuries in the wake of more serious storms.
At least 15 people were left with minor injuries after a tornado heavily damaged homes and buses in the town.
In the small towns of Ellsinore and Grandin, dangerous weather pummeled buildings, knocked out power and sent wreckage flying Wednesday afternoon.
A tornado ripped through Sedalia on Wednesday as severe weather continued to torment the state.
Despite a newfound awareness of nature's volatility, Joplin residents are uncovering reasons to smile.
Members of Missouri Task Force 1, after three days in Joplin, were forced to seek shelter as soon as they returned to the Boone County Fire District's headquarters in Columbia.
Oklahoma City residents took advantage of forewarning to prepare for Wednesday's storms as cities across Tornado Alley took the hit.
The tornado has left some residents homeless and without utilities. Residents who lived near Range Line Road, which was hit especially hard, are trying to gather what is left of their possessions.
The school district is collecting supplies and donations through Thursday morning. The donations will be picked up Thursday afternoon.
FEMA Missouri Task Force 1 helps recover bodies in Joplin with the help of search and rescue dogs.
The Chiefs joined citizens of Kansas City to donate money and resources to those displaced during the weekend's storms in Joplin and Reading, Kan.
The overall death toll from Tuesday night's storms is now at 14.
Despite losing four schools in Sunday's tornado, Joplin's superintendent says his district will be ready to go for next school year.
Less than three days after the Joplin tornado, more storms ripped through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas overnight.
The team was responsible for rescuing 13 victims, Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said.
Two days after a tornado struck Joplin, residents began trying to recover from the horrific event. Hundreds of structures were severely damaged in the city.
Five people died in Oklahoma after several tornadoes struck during rush hour, and two people died in Kansas after strong winds threw a tree into their van.
The Joplin tornado is now the 8th-deadliest single twister in U.S. history.