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MOBIO May Tornado 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019  
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Jefferson City Tornado Damage - MOBIO Office Temporarily Closed


May 23, 2019


Dear MOBIO Members:
An overnight tornado, possibly two, hit our Jefferson City community hard. 


Gratefully, there are no reports of loss of life, and all MOBIO team members have reported in.

The East Capitol Avenue area where our office headquarters is located has been severely impacted, with lots of down power lines and dramatic damage to structures. 


Law enforcement has asked everyone to avoid the area. MOBIO’s offices were not impacted, other than the temporary loss of internet.  



Unfortunately, Braun Storage complex south of Jefferson City took a direct hit.  The building that stored MOBIO’s leased vehicle, workforce science/outreach trailer, PortaLabs, exhibition cases and other miscellaneous assets is completely gone along with several other buildings.   
At this time our JC community is assessing damage, verifying that all victims have been reached, securing areas and beginning triage clean-up efforts.  The MOBIO office will be temporarily closed for visitor traffic, probably though the Memorial Day Weekend.  All MOBIO staff will continue to work remotely and can be contacted through their email and cell phone numbers.  You can find them at 
Thank you for the outreach of concern we have received from many of you.  Once state and local leaders allow access it is anticipated that a significant cleanup effort will be required.  We have begun to compile a list of volunteers who have offered to assist with the MOBIO storage unit effort, or additionally assist our allied neighbors, so if you would like to be included in that information please contact Kelly Gillespie via email and we will add you to the list, and then later check your availability. 
We appreciate your support and understanding.





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