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.
A tornado that tore through Joplin on Sunday destroyed much of the city, including houses, businesses, schools and the hospital. As of Tuesday, the death toll was at least 116. Crews were still searching through the rubble.
Boone County's Missouri Task Force 1 members are among those searching the rubble in Joplin. At least 117 people were killed and an unknown number of people were injured during Sunday's storm.
Tornadoes plowed through Oklahoma City on Tuesday, rolling down areas surrounding Oklahoma City. Other regions of the state are still under a tornado watch.
The president said the federal government will use all the resources it can to help Joplin rebuild. Obama will travel to Joplin the day after he returns from a six-day trip to Europe.
With 122 dead, 750 injured and an unknown number missing, people are attempting to reconnect with friends and family in the aftermath.