(Joplin, MO) --Jason Weaver was settling into his new role as Joplin East Middle School's assistant principal when the tornado hit. It destroyed almost everything.
(Joplin, MO) -- You can't look anywhere in Joplin without remembering those who didn't survive. It's a sentiment that's especially true for those who were first on the scene that fateful night.
(Joplin, MO) -- Seeing the Joplin damage on your TV or computer screen is powerful -- imagine seeing it firsthand. KOLR10 crews remember being overwhelmed that night.
(Joplin, MO) -- No one could have anticipated just how far the May 22, 2011 storm would tear into the lives of Kelli Bigando, Dottie Bringle and everyone at St. John's Medical Center.
(Joplin, MO) -- He had just accepted a position as the Director of Pastoral Care at Joplin Freeman Hospital and was settling in, living in an apartment near 20th and Connecticut the night the storm hit.
(Joplin, MO) -- While many religious leaders spent their days after the tornado comforting those with losses, others attempted to explain what was left behind.
(Joplin, MO) -- As devastation tore through Joplin, social media became more important than ever.
(Joplin, MO) -- Looking at the Chick-Fil-A store with long lines of customers just a year later, you might never know the store, along with many along Rangeline Road, were wiped out in the Joplin tornado.
(Joplin, MO) -- One year ago, nearly 200 patients were inside St. John's hospital in Joplin, getting medical treatment.
(Joplin, MO) -- What a difference a year makes for Meranda Danner. May 22, 2011, Danner was huddled inside St. John's Hospital in Joplin with a newborn baby when the tornado hit.
(Joplin, MO) -- Since May 22nd, 2011, the city of Joplin has issued nearly 6,000 building permits. But thousands are still waiting for a permanent place to call home -- including Susan Irish.
(Joplin, MO) -- "It didn't matter where you were, who you were, if you had money or if you didn't. There were volunteers," says Stevey Smith, a survivor of the Joplin tornado.
(Joplin, MO) -- The anniversary of the Joplin tornado is quickly approaching, and now there's a new tool to help sort through the events planned for May 22nd.