Page 2 of 2
"Our dispatcher, her mom's house was completely destroyed. We're all torn between the business of the day and how to figure out how to help people and what to do," Cage said. "It almost feels like it's too early to get past anything but the basics right now. Everybody has a place to stay, transportation, clothes. Those are the things everyone is trying to solve right now."
As of today, most people haven't started thinking about getting back to business, Cage said. "The problem is we're still in such a destructive phase. There's no time to rebuild yet. We're still picking through to try to salvage," Cage said.
Cage has been on mission trips in the past, including one to Greensburg, Kans., a year after a deadly tornado struck, to help relief efforts there. Like many people, she never thought a similar tragedy would strike so close to home.
"We just completed our business continuity plan about a week ago, where to meet if our office was destroyed and all of that. But from a personal perspective, you always go somewhere else to help. I never thought we'd be in a position to have people need to help us. It never occurs to you that YOU will be the place," Cage said. "I felt really bad about the people of Greensburg, Kansas. Now anytime I go anywhere now and tell people I'm from Joplin, they'll say, oh, that's where that bad tornado was."