Photo Collection Rally in Baxter Springs and Quapaw this Friday

gloves for collecting lost photosA Photo Collection Rally in the communities of  Baxter Springs, Kansas and Quapaw, Oklahoma is organized for this Friday at 1 pm to rapidly college lost photographs and documents due to Sunday’s tornado. We need 50 to 100 volunteers to collect the lost photos before they are further damaged or destroyed.

The Photo Collection Rally will be held from 1:00 to 4:30. All Volunteers are to meet at the Volunteer sign-in station located at Burgraff Tire- 2402 Military Ave -Baxter Springs, Kansas. Volunteers will be directed to Collection areas both in Baxter Springs and in Quapaw, Oklahoma. Volunteers going to Quapaw will require additional sign-in.

All Volunteers wanting to help The National Disaster Photo Rescue in the Photo Collection Rally must be signed in as a Volunteer before 1:00pm.

Volunteers will be given instructions during an orientation meeting at 1:00pm. Collection Drop off locations, Community areas for collection, as well as Best Practices will be discussed. Those working with N.D.P.R. must attend the orientation meeting.

Volunteers planning to attend the N.D.P.R. Photo Collection Rally should consider personal safety the top priority. Heavy shoes or Boots and long pants are recommended and highly encouraged. Leather gloves will be needed as well as dust masks. Gloves and masks are available at the Community Volunteer sign-in location, but are not guaranteed.

Volunteers, working in teams, are highly encouraged as a Health and Safety safeguard.

Community volunteers are encouraged to contact N.D.P.R. through the following facebook links

Lost Photos of Baxter Springs, KS

Lost Photos of Quapaw, OK 

Time is critical in the Collection Phase. Photos and Documents need to be collected and preserved from further damage. For more information on drying photos and documents can be found here.

The National Disaster Photo Rescue organization (501c3)  formed because of the May 22, 2011  Joplin, Missouri tornado and is a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Carthage, Missouri.  The National Disaster Photo Rescue will be there, in the future, to help other communities learn through our community how to “Return lost Memories worth a Thousand Words”.  Financial contributions can be made directly to N.D.P.R.

National Disaster Photo Rescue Begins Efforts in Baxter Springs - Four States Homepage

Four States Homepage
The National Disaster Photo Rescue is helping people of Baxter Springs, Quapaw, and also Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. They say no matter where they go post-disaster, photos are so important to families who’s lives are impacted. The National

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Log Cabin Democrat is official lost photo collection point - Log Cabin Democrat

Cleanup volunteer Alyssa Wann, of Vilonia, holds a photograph found in a field at Black Oak Ranch Estates near Vilonia

Cleanup volunteer Alyssa Wann, of Vilonia, holds a photograph found in a field at Black Oak Ranch Estates near Vilonia. COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO

Log Cabin Democrat is official lost photo collection point
Log Cabin Democrat
The Log Cabin Democrat’s office at 1111 Main Street in Conway is Faulkner County’s official drop off location for photographs and identification documents found in tornado cleanup. The newspaper is partnering with …read more    

Photo recovery efforts underway in tornado damaged areas - KSN-TV

Photo recovery efforts underway in tornado damaged areas
KSN-TV
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 …read more    

Carthage group to assist tornado-stricken towns with photo recovery - Joplin Globe

Carthage group to assist tornado-stricken towns with photo recovery
Joplin Globe
Formed in the aftermath of the May 2011 Joplin tornado, the group — first Lost Photos of Joplin and now National Disaster Photo Rescue — is a ministry of the First Baptist Church, …read more    

Effort to recover photos from tornado victims in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas ... - Daily Journal

Effort to recover photos from tornado victims in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas
Daily Journal
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 Photo …read more    

Photo-recovery efforts under way in Arkansas, Oklahoma - Arkansas Online (subscription)

Arkansas Online (subscription)
The National Disaster Photo Rescue is reaching out to people in the communities of Vilonia and Mayflower.; Quapaw, Okla.; and Baxter Springs, Kan.; to try to help collect, document and reunite people with their personal photographs free of charge.

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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.”

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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   

National Disaster Photo Rescue Banquet Feb 2013 Four States Home Page

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:

Lost Photo of Joplin not yet returnedBox 43 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimedBox 53 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimed photosBox 8 Lost Photos of Joplin unclaimed photos