Effort to recover photos from tornado victims in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas … – Greenfield Daily Reporter

Effort to recover photos from tornado victims in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas
Greenfield Daily Reporter
VILONIA, Arkansas — A national nonprofit organization that works to reunite people with their photos following disasters is focusing on communities hard hit by recent tornadoes. The National Disaster     

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Photo recovery efforts underway in Ark., Okla. – KFDA

Photo recovery efforts underway in Ark., Okla.
KFDA
The National Disaster Photo Rescue is reaching out to people in the communities of Vilonia and Mayflower, Ark.; Quapaw, Okla.; and Baxter Springs, Kan.; to try to help collect, document and reunite people with their personal     

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Joplin remembers Moore during anniversary – Pittsburg Morning Sun

Joplin remembers Moore during anniversary

From the Pittsburg (KS) Morning Sun…

…Thad Beeler, Carthage, is with National Disaster Photo Rescue, an organization born at the Carthage First Baptist Church after the Joplin tornado to help reunite Joplin residents with photos recovered from all across Southwest Missouri in the wake of the EF5 tornado that hurled them miles away.

Beeler said his group has collected 35,000 photos since the Joplin tornado and returned 16,000 to their rightful owners.

Now he’s working to help the residents of Moore recover photos again hurled miles from their starting point.

“We’ve got a process and we know what to do and we want to take what we’ve learned and help others across the country,” Beeler said. “I’ve been working with local people in Moore over social media to help them get started. I just found out that the Red Cross has thousands of photos and documents already collected and ready to turn over to someone.”

Beeler said recovering photos and documents won’t become a priority until after the search and rescue efforts are completed, but he hopes to go to Moore soon to help them set up a recovery system for photos and documents.

Read the rest of the article on the Pittsburg Morning Sun website…

Joplin remembers Moore during anniversary
Pittsburg Morning Sun
Thad Beeler, Carthage, is with National Disaster Photo Rescue, an organization born at the Carthage First Baptist Church after the Joplin tornado to help   

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Carthage sends help to Moore, Okla. – Carthage Press

From The Carthage Press…

A group established in Carthage to help survivors of the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado is reaching out to survivors of the Moore, Okla., community.

The National Disaster Photo Rescue is a non-profit organization committed to returning lost photographs and these memories to their owners.

The group, based in the First Baptist Church of Carthage, has decided immediately to help by retrieving photos from public right-of-ways. To read full article, click here:  Carthage sends help to Moore, Okla.

Carthage sends help to Moore, Okla.
Carthage Press
Thad Beeler, Carthage, with National Disaster Photo Rescue, said the organization is designed to assist communities by training the local community to properly retrieve,   

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Unclaimed Memories: Reuniting With a Photo After Tragedy – PBS NewsHour

Photo found after Joplin tornado and reunited with owner.

Not long after a tornado tore through Oklahoma on Monday, Facebook groups began to spring up with posts showing tarnished photos discovered in scattered debris miles away. Unclaimed memories, laid out before strangers in the hopes of catching a recognizing glimpse.

It’s not the first time that lost and found sites on social media have been created after a natural disaster. Two years ago, on May 22, 2011, similar Facebook groups emerged when a tornado struck Joplin, Mo., sweeping photos away from owners.

Two of those groups morphed into the Lost Photos of Joplin National Disaster Photo Rescue, run by the First National Baptist Church of Carthage, Mo.

Thad Beeler, director of National Disaster Photo Rescue and minister of music at the First Baptist Church, said that at the time there was no formal process to redistribute the more than 35,000 photographs that had been collected. But shortly after, an organized system to clean and file photos was developed and, perhaps more importantly, a proper way to distribute those photos back to their owners was implemented.

This isn’t just a simple photo pass-off; it’s a “reunification process” that connects a person to an old life. Each of the organization’s 50-plus volunteers is trained in grief counseling and are taught how to help a person cope with what is often an overwhelming moment.

“Many people weren’t ready to look at the photos. They’d just break down,” reunification coordinator Donna Turner said. “It’s been a lot of listening on our part. That’s apparently what they need — to get it off our chest.”

Read rest of article on PBS NewsHour website…

Unclaimed Memories: Reuniting With a Photo After Tragedy
PBS NewsHour (blog)
Thad Beeler, director of National Disaster Photo Rescue and minister of music at the First Baptist Church, said that at the   

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National Disaster Photo Rescue Banquet Feb 2013 Four States Home Page

Lost Photo of Joplin not yet returned

Just stumbled across this TV news report of the banquet National Disaster Photo Rescue had back in February, 2013 to thank volunteers of the Joplin Lost Photos project. It gives a good review of what those in Moore have to look forward to down the road and how appreciative people are of this. There is video, but its not embeddable, so please click here to watch it: National Disaster Photo Rescue Banquet

Here are a few Joplin photos that have yet to be returned:

Box 53 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimed photosBox 8 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimed photos

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Volunteers rescue photos from Oklahoma tornado debris – Yahoo! News

National Disaster Photo Rescue partners with Oklahoma volunteers to rescue and return photos lost in the Moore tornado

MOORE, Okla. — Some of the photos are crumpled. Others coated in crud. But what the monster tornado couldn’t obliterate are the memories captured in the images.

A girl playing kitchen with her pink toy stove.

Colleagues clowning around the office.

A father posing with his young girls at a daddy-daughter dance.

Angela Madory examines photos she recovered. (Jason Sickles/Yahoo News)

“These are things insurance can’t replace,” says Amy Habegger-Pierce.

Habegger-Pierce, her mother-in-law and a friend were scavenging downtown Moore for photos on Wednesday.

Like crime scene detectives, they wore rubber gloves and gently rummaged through debris left by Monday’s 200-mph twister, which damaged or destroyed 13,000 homes.

“It’s hard to tell if it is trash or a picture until you flip it over,” Habegger-Pierce said.

Read the entire article at Yahoo! News…

Volunteers rescue photos from Oklahoma tornado debris
Yahoo! News (blog)
Both women are teaming up with National Disaster Photo Rescue, a nonprofit started by Thad Beeler after the deadly Joplin, Mo., tornado   

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Joplin photo rescue effort gears up to help Moore storm victims – Joplin Globe

From Joplin Globe

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A photo rescue operation based in Carthage that helped salvage and return thousands of pictures after the 2011 tornado in Joplin is reaching out to storm victims in Moore, Okla.

“We have people down there in Moore already collecting photos for us, and we’ll be going down to train the community to help itself (this) week,” said Thad Beeler, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Carthage and director of National Disaster Photo Rescue, which is based at the church.  Click here to read entire article…

Joplin photo rescue effort gears up to help Moore storm victims
Joplin Globe
National Disaster Photo Rescue will have a claim day from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at   

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Lost Photo of the Day

Today’s Lost Photo is of two adorable little fellows. Most likely brothers, one is perhaps 2 years old and the other is about 1. They are sitting on a piece of play equipment in a backyard. They are dressed alike in red, white and blue outfits. Please share! If you know these little guys or their family, please let them know about the photo. If this is your photos, please fill out the claim form.

Lost PHoto of the Day

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Lost Photo of the Day: 4 Ladies in Dresses

Today’s lost photo is of a group of 4 women. They are dressed up, possibly for church or a ladies’ tea, in spring dresses and some floppy hats. Possibly late 1990’s. Please share this photo. If you know any of these ladies, please let them know about this photo. If this photo is yours, please fill out the claim form.

Lost Photo of the Day

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Claim Form Checklist

Things you will need to submit photo claims:
 
The number on the photo. Example: 001-001-001. All of these numbers designate where we have the photos stored. We can't locate your photos without it! If you can't read the number on the photo, then make a note of that and tell us the number of the photo before or after it.
 
A description of the photo. This helps us to make sure that we are pulling the correct photo for you. If you can remember anything that was written on the back of the photo, please include that information.
 
A good contact method for you! We require a phone number, but we can also contact you by email if you wish. If we can't get ahold of you, we can't get your picture back to you!
 
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