Rob O’Brian is the President of Joplin’s Chamber of Commerce and he says the Federal Emergency Management Agency could have moved faster in helping businesses get back on their feet.
He says for example, many businesses lost their computer systems in the tornado, and now, two months later, FEMA is beginning to send out laptops for businesses.
He says FEMA could also compile a list of resources available, so businesses could choose what they need. He says what often happens when the Chamber asks businesses what they need, they say they don’t know, because they’ve never dealt with a disaster like this before.
He says two months after the May 22nd tornado, businesses are resuming day-to-day activities, and people are getting back to work. He says 3,500 workers out of the 5,000 affected by the tornado are still on payroll.