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(YouTube) Video One year ago today, a tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri. In commemoration, here's security camera footage from the worst hospital waiting room visit ever   (youtube.com) divider line 89
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2012-05-22 08:35:05 AM  
That first 50 seconds really helped set the scene, and gave me a good understanding of the underlying conflict and theme.
 
2012-05-22 08:52:19 AM  
It went from pages-kinda-flipping-over-on-a-magazine kind of wind to holy-crap-everything's-being-torn-apart kind of wind in less than a couple of seconds.

No subtle buildup at all.

Wicked.
 
2012-05-22 09:29:33 AM  
I read that as "a tomato destroyed Joplin, Missouri". It is time for me to admit I am too sick to focus, and go home.
 
2012-05-22 10:54:12 AM  
Wow. It's a good thing that ghost reading the magazine got out of there in time.
 
2012-05-22 11:30:27 AM  
Damn.
 
2012-05-22 11:31:29 AM  
Holy farking shiat @ 0:52.
 
2012-05-22 11:32:33 AM  
I've never seen an empty ER waiting room. Where are all the poor uninsured immigrants with all their kids?
 
2012-05-22 11:34:19 AM  
Good god, awesome footage.
 
2012-05-22 11:35:08 AM  
I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?
 
2012-05-22 11:36:07 AM  
Props to whoever installed that camera, looks like the lights and most of the drop ceiling got taken out but that thing didn't even move a millimeter.
 
2012-05-22 11:38:27 AM  

Marshall Willenholly: I've never seen an empty ER waiting room. Where are all the poor uninsured immigrants with all their kids?


Or at least a robot arm grasping a man's penis.
 
2012-05-22 11:39:48 AM  

jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?


People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?
 
2012-05-22 11:41:15 AM  

stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?


Be brave like this person is and post on the internet about it.
 
2012-05-22 11:41:49 AM  

stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?


Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?
 
2012-05-22 11:42:27 AM  
I want to know what brand of camera that was...
 
2012-05-22 11:42:53 AM  

jayg22: stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?

Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?


Unless you're joking.... the correct answer to that question is "yes".
 
2012-05-22 11:43:03 AM  
I thought I was being rick-rolled - never seen an empty emergency room. Then I noticed the "ghost reading the magazine" (as a previous poster hilariously put it) and realized what was happening.

Cool Story, Bro.
 
2012-05-22 11:43:18 AM  

Marshall Willenholly: I've never seen an empty ER waiting room. Where are all the poor uninsured immigrants with all their kids?


It was an early Sunday evening in the "buckle of the bible belt" so things were pretty quiet all over town. In fact most of us here credit that timing with holding down the death toll, if you can call 160-plus "holding down". I guess if it had happened on a Monday during the peak commute time it could have been much worse.
 
2012-05-22 11:43:30 AM  

jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?


I am glad someone can remember the deaths of 161 people by building a political strawman and foisting party rhetoric.


empowermoments.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-05-22 11:44:19 AM  
I work on the same street, just 18 blocks north of there.

It was pretty surreal coming to work that next day (Monday) to find that while our neighborhood was virtually untouched, there was almost absolute destruction of everything just 7 blocks away.

We got really lucky, quite a few people I know (or knew) did not, including my Aunt and Uncle and several cousins who literally had their houses come down around them that day.
 
2012-05-22 11:44:42 AM  

jayg22: stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?

Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?


Would it be better if we just pretended it didn't happen?
 
2012-05-22 11:46:26 AM  
I have been an ER nurse for most of a decade. This video makes every sphincter I have pucker. We are trained on how to deal with a surge of patient overload (like mass casualty) and if there is a systems failure at the hospital (fire, water outage, power and generator failure).....but there is no training for shiat like this.
 
2012-05-22 11:47:03 AM  
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/What?
//Oh torNAdo
 
2012-05-22 11:50:37 AM  

jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?


It takes an extra special level of douche bag to throw in political party rhetoric with his righteous indignation. You, sir, have reached that level.
 
2012-05-22 11:51:48 AM  
More Joplin tornado video: Link

By far the most disquieting "you can't see shiat" video I've ever seen. Showed it to my mom, she couldn't make it through the whole thing.
 
2012-05-22 11:57:49 AM  
http://icons.wunderground.com/hurricane/2011/Joplin_Tornado_Aerial.jpg

There's the hospital in the foreground. It's a cliche to say the aftermath of a tornado looks like a bomb went off, but it true. The town looks nuked flat.

Before and after footage of a stretch of road in the town

http://www.weather.com/weather/videos/news-41/editors-picks-450/watch - joplin-before-and-after-tornado-21272
 
2012-05-22 11:58:49 AM  
Background:
On May 22, 2011 at 5:17 p.m. the National Weather Services issued a tornado warning that included the City of Joplin. The lead-time before impact was 24 minutes. The tornado was rated an EF-5 with winds exceeding 200 mph. The tornado traveled from west to east along 32nd street cutting a path ¾ to 1 mile wide over 13.8 miles. The tornado eye was approximately 300 yards wide. Mercy St. Johns Hospital took a direct hit, initial and secondary, on the west façade with duration of approximately 45 seconds. There was a lull as the eye passed through the facility. 160 deaths in the community resulted from this storm. 8000 structures were destroyed. 400 businesses destroyed, 8 school buildings destroyed, 18,000 vehicles destroyed and 4,500 jobs displaced. When St. Johns took the direct hit the generators were destroyed. The roof was peeled off and all roof top HCAV equipment destroyed, most of which landed in the parking lots and on top of other facility equipment. All communications was immediately lost. The facility fire suppression sprinklers discharged and lines were broken. Several walls moved and the floors lifted vertically. The building shifted off its foundation. Doors were torn from their hinges, all of the glass was blown out of the building except the high impact shatter resistant glass in the psychiatric ward, gas lines were broken, sewer lines were destroyed with raw sewage projected throughout the facility, and 86 medical offices were destroyed. The oxygen tank was severely damaged and discharged all of the liquid oxygen. There was a strong smell of natural gas throughout the building and all over the campus. Water discharged by the fire suppression system left the rooms and hallways with 3 to 6 inches of standing water. Everything from the size of an IV pole to a chiller became a projectile. Automobiles were 8 deep in the parking lot and several automobiles were deposited in the parking lots from the surrounding community. The air evacuation helicopter was destroyed. Typically the helicopter would have been moved to a local airport; however, the storm track did not predict impact to the hospital and there weather conditions prevented safe flight. All Hospital's vehicles, except a John Deere tractor, were destroyed and the emergency trailer was found in pieces several blocks away.
Everyone in the facility thought they were going to die, nurses evacuated patients to the hallways per their procedures and at the time of impact nurses covered patients with their bodies to offer as much protection as possible. IV's were ripped from patients' arms, the IV poles became projectiles, and several patients were bleeding as a result. The ceilings collapsed, electrical, IT, and HVAC equipment dropped and littered the hallways. All emergency lights and exit signs were ripped from their mounts and were useless. The walls of exit stairwells cracked. Extremely heavy doors were ripped from their hinges and became projectiles. The doors were later used as backboards for patients. Both incident command centers were destroyed and Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) lost in the debris. The facility was filled with hazardous waste and the radioactive material was unsecured. Outside debris was mixed and power lines were down.
Note: If the tornado had moved just two blocks south Freeman would also have been destroyed. Freeman did suffer some physical damage that resulted in internal evacuation of at least 6 patient rooms.
 
2012-05-22 11:59:25 AM  
My son was born in that hospital!
 
2012-05-22 12:01:04 PM  

Godscrack: Wow. It's a good thing that ghost reading the magazine got out of there in time.


Kinda what I was thinking.
 
2012-05-22 12:01:36 PM  

grinding_journalist: More Joplin tornado video: Link

By far the most disquieting "you can't see shiat" video I've ever seen. Showed it to my mom, she couldn't make it through the whole thing.


Word.
 
2012-05-22 12:05:46 PM  
As a former hospital employee, working in engineering/construction, I was mentally calculating the costs for repairing/replacing that room. And yeah, kudos to whoever installed that camera.

Godscrack: Wow. It's a good thing that ghost reading the magazine got out of there in time.


LOL. My thoughts too. There really are ghosts at my old hospital. Some have been there for decades.
 
2012-05-22 12:07:26 PM  
Take the first 30 seconds. Upload it to youtube with the title "Ghost reading magazine in haunted doctors office after hours." I guarantee you people will rave about how it is proof positive that ghosts exist. That in frames # through # if you look here (circle spot on video) you can see the ghost of a little girl. And some will refuse to go to any links of the full video because "You are just a skeptical hater who refuses to believe in what is right before your eyes!!!"
 
2012-05-22 12:10:33 PM  

gregory311: jayg22: stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?

Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?

Would it be better if we just pretended it didn't happen?


No, I think he's suggesting we stop being so cowardly and invade Iraq, which is clearly harboring the tornados.
 
2012-05-22 12:10:51 PM  

Noah_Tall: Take the first 30 seconds. Upload it to youtube with the title "Ghost reading magazine in haunted doctors office after hours." I guarantee you people will rave about how it is proof positive that ghosts exist. That in frames # through # if you look here (circle spot on video) you can see the ghost of a little girl. And some will refuse to go to any links of the full video because "You are just a skeptical hater who refuses to believe in what is right before your eyes!!!"


I had the exact same thought.

/You could later show them the full video and claim it was a vengeful poltergeist.
 
2012-05-22 12:11:42 PM  

Noah_Tall: Take the first 30 seconds. Upload it to youtube with the title "Ghost reading magazine in haunted doctors office after hours." I guarantee you people will rave about how it is proof positive that ghosts exist. That in frames # through # if you look here (circle spot on video) you can see the ghost of a little girl. And some will refuse to go to any links of the full video because "You are just a skeptical hater who refuses to believe in what is right before your eyes!!!"


Why would you only use the first 30 seconds? Use the whole thing with the backstory that this was filmed by a crew tracking a suspected poltergeist that became enraged when it sensed it was being recorded reading a magazine.
 
2012-05-22 12:12:37 PM  

GladGirl: gregory311: jayg22: stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?

Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?

Would it be better if we just pretended it didn't happen?

No, I think he's suggesting we stop being so cowardly and invade Iraq, which is clearly harboring the tornados.


I guffawed.
 
2012-05-22 12:14:12 PM  

grinding_journalist: More Joplin tornado video: Link

By far the most disquieting "you can't see shiat" video I've ever seen. Showed it to my mom, she couldn't make it through the whole thing.


LOL. Calling for help from Jaysus Jaysus Jaysus! The same "Jaysus" who just sent a huge low-pressure vortex of death at you.
 
2012-05-22 12:14:44 PM  

Pocket Ninja (favorite: Silly): That first 50 seconds really helped set the scene, and gave me a good understanding of the underlying conflict and theme.


I'm surprised someone isn't in here seriously biatching about how that first 50 seconds was a waste. I thought it provided dramatic tension, and made the video as a whole much better.
 
2012-05-22 12:14:57 PM  
This was a farking bomb dropping on Beaver Cleaverville. For a few seconds, this place was Armageddon!

corkonthefork.com
 
2012-05-22 12:15:51 PM  
have a friend whos nephew was at the hospital at the time. Pinned under metal & he didn't make it.
 
2012-05-22 12:16:52 PM  

bajamandy: I have been an ER nurse for most of a decade. This video makes every sphincter I have pucker. We are trained on how to deal with a surge of patient overload (like mass casualty) and if there is a systems failure at the hospital (fire, water outage, power and generator failure).....but there is no training for shiat like this.


Sure there is, find a safe interior room on a low floor, tuck head between knees....kiss ass good-bye.

No real need to train for "building destroyed", for the normal employee. At that point getting them to verify they are safe and to (for a nurse or other trained professional) anyone in their immediate area is safe or at least stabilized are the only things you can do.
 
2012-05-22 12:17:26 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Noah_Tall: Take the first 30 seconds. Upload it to youtube with the title "Ghost reading magazine in haunted doctors office after hours." I guarantee you people will rave about how it is proof positive that ghosts exist. That in frames # through # if you look here (circle spot on video) you can see the ghost of a little girl. And some will refuse to go to any links of the full video because "You are just a skeptical hater who refuses to believe in what is right before your eyes!!!"

Why would you only use the first 30 seconds? Use the whole thing with the backstory that this was filmed by a crew tracking a suspected poltergeist that became enraged when it sensed it was being recorded reading a magazine.


Process the video through a green night-vision filter to give it additional credibility...
 
2012-05-22 12:17:55 PM  

Eirik: Noah_Tall: Take the first 30 seconds. Upload it to youtube with the title "Ghost reading magazine in haunted doctors office after hours." I guarantee you people will rave about how it is proof positive that ghosts exist. That in frames # through # if you look here (circle spot on video) you can see the ghost of a little girl. And some will refuse to go to any links of the full video because "You are just a skeptical hater who refuses to believe in what is right before your eyes!!!"

I had the exact same thought.

/You could later show them the full video and claim it was a vengeful poltergeist.


It was just Old Man McGreevy wearing a tornado mask! And he would have gotten away with it if not for you meddling kids!

encrypted-tbn2.google.com
 
2012-05-22 12:23:22 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: bajamandy: I have been an ER nurse for most of a decade. This video makes every sphincter I have pucker. We are trained on how to deal with a surge of patient overload (like mass casualty) and if there is a systems failure at the hospital (fire, water outage, power and generator failure).....but there is no training for shiat like this.

Sure there is, find a safe interior room on a low floor, tuck head between knees....kiss ass good-bye.

No real need to train for "building destroyed", for the normal employee. At that point getting them to verify they are safe and to (for a nurse or other trained professional) anyone in their immediate area is safe or at least stabilized are the only things you can do.


Fark. Where random schmoes know more about something than someone who has been in the field for 10 years.
 
2012-05-22 12:28:33 PM  

GladGirl: gregory311: jayg22: stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?

Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?

Would it be better if we just pretended it didn't happen?

No, I think he's suggesting we stop being so cowardly and invade Iraq, which is clearly harboring the tornados.


This is awesome. Thanks for making me smile.
 
2012-05-22 12:39:17 PM  

Marshall Willenholly: I've never seen an empty ER waiting room. Where are all the poor uninsured immigrants with all their kids?


I would imagine that they saw a tornado coming and decided to take shelter.

Just a guess
 
2012-05-22 12:39:38 PM  

GladGirl: gregory311: jayg22: stutte2: jayg22: I am glad America can remember the deaths of 161 people by watching neat videos like this and doing "one year later" news segments.

/Maybe Obama can swing through and give a campaign speech at the high school graduation?

People die in all sorts of ways every day. And people die in tornadoes almost every year. What would you have us do instead?

Did we sit around and watch videos of planes getting ran into the towers on September 11th 2002?

Would it be better if we just pretended it didn't happen?

No, I think he's suggesting we stop being so cowardly and invade Iraq, which is clearly harboring the tornados.


Can someone with PS skillz make a picture like the Iran Missle one??
 
2012-05-22 12:42:10 PM  

Krieghund: DoBeDoBeDo: bajamandy: I have been an ER nurse for most of a decade. This video makes every sphincter I have pucker. We are trained on how to deal with a surge of patient overload (like mass casualty) and if there is a systems failure at the hospital (fire, water outage, power and generator failure).....but there is no training for shiat like this.

Sure there is, find a safe interior room on a low floor, tuck head between knees....kiss ass good-bye.

No real need to train for "building destroyed", for the normal employee. At that point getting them to verify they are safe and to (for a nurse or other trained professional) anyone in their immediate area is safe or at least stabilized are the only things you can do.

Fark. Where random schmoes know more about something than someone who has been in the field for 10 years.


You do know there's a crazy thing called an "Emergency Management Degree" right? I'll bet there is even a few around Fark.
 
2012-05-22 12:47:15 PM  

Krieghund: DoBeDoBeDo: bajamandy: I have been an ER nurse for most of a decade. This video makes every sphincter I have pucker. We are trained on how to deal with a surge of patient overload (like mass casualty) and if there is a systems failure at the hospital (fire, water outage, power and generator failure).....but there is no training for shiat like this.

Sure there is, find a safe interior room on a low floor, tuck head between knees....kiss ass good-bye.

No real need to train for "building destroyed", for the normal employee. At that point getting them to verify they are safe and to (for a nurse or other trained professional) anyone in their immediate area is safe or at least stabilized are the only things you can do.

Fark. Where random schmoes know more about something than someone who has been in the field for 10 years.


yeah. I would hope a hospital has a contingency plan for most anything, up to and including "hospital destroyed", considering I work in IT and have a DR plan for "data center destroyed".
 
2012-05-22 12:49:20 PM  
If they made the whole town out of whatever material they used for that camera, people would still be alive today! Of course I always thought they should make airplanes out of whatever they use for the "black box".
 
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