Guest Column | August 19, 2014

Advice After The Joplin Tornado: Put A Disaster Recovery In Place Now

Put A Disaster Recovery In Place Now

An HTG Peer Group Interview with Jane Cage, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, and John Motazedi is CEO, SNC Squared

Late in the afternoon on May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado tore a mile-wide swath through the southern part of Joplin, Missouri. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 1947 and has proven to be the costliest single tornado in U.S. history with more than $2.2 billion in insurance payouts.

That day changed life forever for many Joplin residents, including two who are members of the IT industry:  Jane Cage, former partner in Heartland Technology Solutions, the company she and her partners sold in 2012; and John Motazedi, owner of SNC Squared Technology Group.  For Motazedi, the tornado meant the complete destruction of his building. For Cage, her company and home saw no damage but it started her on a journey to serve the community in the rebuilding efforts.

Now, three years after the tornado, they share information about the progress that has been made and what life is like in Joplin today.

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