Joplin, Mo — After an EF-5 tornado destroyed thousands of homes more than 500 people told FEMA officials they need a temporary home. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced officials top priority is to place those staying in shelters in temporary housing. They expect the number needing temporary housing to fluctuate as families find other renting opportunities or stay with family and friends.
On Wednesday, crews prepared and inspected ten mobile homes to the Country Acres Mobile Home Community. Four-year-old Tyreka Townsend found her favorite room inside her family's new temporary FEMA mobile home. She ran down the narrow hall and jumped onto what will be her first “real” bed since the tornado struck. “I’m so excited,” Tyreka’s mother Rosie Sanders said as she walked through the three bedroom mobile home. Since May 22, Sanders and her three kids have moved from one shelter to another. “This is so nice,” Sanders said passing through the kitchen area.