The Blue Springs Police Department has received an official request from the State Emergency Management Agency to send officers to Joplin to aid in recovery efforts.

The Blue Springs Police Department has received an official request from the State Emergency Management Agency to send officers to Joplin to aid in recovery efforts.


A commander and five officers left around 4 p.m. Wednesday and are expected to be deployed for five days. The team will perform traffic and security duties in the tornado-damaged area.


The Joplin Emergency Operations Center is coordinating all requests for aid through the state agency. That’s protocol, said Eric Johnson, Blue Springs city administrator.


Johnson said that while Blue Springs has been willing to send officers since the tornado hit Joplin on Sunday, the city had to wait for an official request.


SEMA is partnering with the American Red Cross and the United Way. To donate to the Red Cross, visit any Price Chopper location, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


A Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday at the Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make an appointment, call 816-224-9620 or visit www.redcross.org and use sponsor code BLUESPRINGSYMCA.