View Full Version : Tornado hits Joplin, MO

Raycliff Manor
05-22-2011, 06:25 PM
Please join me in sending positive thoughts, energy and prayers for everyone in Joplin. They were just hit by a tornado and I'm trying to reach our Raycliff team members to make sure everyone is alright. I live outside of Joplin so we're fine here, but I'm still trying to get word on how all the Fright Team are doing. Still don't know if the Raycliff Attractions was hit, but according to the news much of Joplin has been wiped out. Thanks for your positive thoughts and prayers!


05-22-2011, 06:43 PM
I hope everyone is fine! Please keep us updated on this! -Tyler

05-22-2011, 06:45 PM
Been there done that already! Keeping you in my thoughts! Shane and it's hang tight! Shane

05-22-2011, 06:46 PM
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the team Bro. Praying everyone is safe and the haunt is spared.
If you need anything give me a call. I'm here for ya Brother!


Raycliff Manor
05-22-2011, 06:48 PM
Just got word that one of our team members' house is gone. I'm waiting to hear that she and her family are alright. Please keep the positive energy and prayers going! Thanks...


05-22-2011, 07:04 PM
You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. This has been a tough weather year for sure.

damon carson
05-22-2011, 08:14 PM
Glad your okay and hope your crew and everyones alright. Weather is really crazy all over anymore.

05-22-2011, 08:16 PM
Sending positive thoughts your way! Hope all is alright!

05-23-2011, 05:18 AM
Positive vibes headed your way. I'm watching the news coverage this morning on GMA and it looks horrible out there. Hopefully your haunt and crew are safe.

05-23-2011, 06:55 AM
Can someone find my friends john and his wife at spooky props? They are in joplin. I don't have a current phone number and i know the internet has to be down........

Raycliff Manor
05-23-2011, 07:44 AM
Quick update... so far so good with the Fright Team. Becki, the Raycliff Attractions Fright Team Manger, had her house hit by the tornado. I was finally able to talk to her on the phone this morning. She and her grandma are fine. Their cars were severely damaged; Becki said hers is totaled and the house sustained severe damage, but the house is still standing and they are able to continue living in it.There are some I still haven't been able to reach, but so far everyone I've reached is doing alright. A lot of property damage though to houses and vehicles. It's sounding like the tornado missed the Raycliff Attractions... Thanks for your positive thoughts, energy and prayers my friends!

Slain, John, (Spookyprops.com), lives in Mt. Vernon, which is about a half hour from Joplin. Fortunately there have been no reports of Mt. Vernon being affected by the tornado...

The Haunted Enthusiasts
05-23-2011, 08:25 AM
We just got home last night from Orlando and when we turned on the news Stephanie and I were devastated.

We are so glad to hear you are alright and our prayers are that everyone you know and care about come through this alright.

You can disregard the email I sent last night checking to see if you're ok. I am so glad we have this forum for things like this!!!

Greg, seeing your post here answers my concerns for your family as well.

We are so glad to hear that so far it sounds like everyone is coming through this. Our continued prayers are with you.

God Bless!!!!!! Jim & Stephanie

05-23-2011, 10:12 AM
Glad to hear you and your team are alright. Best wishes to everyone out there.

Fear Unfathomed
05-23-2011, 10:41 AM
So glad to hear that so far, everyone is ok! I hope we keep hearing positive reports. Definitely praying for you, your team, and everyone in Joplin!

I was watching the news as the storms hit last night since I was in a tornado watch as well and the news was tracking the storm by me and occasionally showing the southern storms for what was approaching and then all of the sudden they started talking about Joplin being hit...a hospital is hit...the high school...and so on. But before that, there was really no mention of any tornado being spotted there. It seems like it happened so fast and nobody was watching.

05-23-2011, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the update Kelly.

Man, it's been a really rough year for weather. I've been amazed how positive those affected have been - heard one woman say: "Our physical belongings can be rebuilt or re-bought, but lives can't be". I can hardly imagine how scary this extreme weather must be when you're in the middle of it.

Raycliff Manor
05-23-2011, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the well wishes, positive thoughts, energy and prayers everyone! I've been able to hear from most of the team now and, so far, everyone is alright. Of course some have experienced losses, but like was said before, all are grateful to have their lives and the lives of their loved ones! I did finally get a report that it appears the tornado missed the Raycliff Attractions. Again, the buildings can be replaced though. The real haunt is the team... like most haunts our team is a family. I'm eternally grateful that so far it appears that our haunt family members are all alright.

Update! As I was typing this I received word that the last of our team members are fine! I can't even explain the gratitude I feel right now!!!

Also, a good friend of mine reported that his daughter and her mother were trapped under debris from their collapsed apartment and they made it out fine. His daughter, Sophie, burned her knee on the water heater, but otherwise they are both well and they are both safe with him at his house right now. When things like this happen, it really puts our priorities in order, doesn't it!

Thanks again so much for all the positive thoughts and prayers!


05-23-2011, 06:18 PM
Can someone find my friends john and his wife at spooky props? They are in joplin. I don't have a current phone number and i know the internet has to be down........

Paul, I heard from John today and he said they were ok.

05-24-2011, 02:09 AM
I can't believe that the President hasn't left Europe to look over this situation... Bush was ripped on over New Orleans. This is some serious situation here, 116 confirmed dead and with all that rubble it could double. The whole town is GONE, and Obama is drinking beer in Ireland.


Anyway if there is anything I can do to help please let me know... if we have any Joplin area haunts here again please let me know!

BTW... Joplin is near Springfield.


Raycliff Manor
05-24-2011, 06:39 AM
I woke feeling both gratitude and sorrow. I'm extremely grateful for knowing our entire Raycliff team is safe and well. I am eternally grateful for the support the Joplin community has shown us and our team from the day we first established the business there. I am overwhelmed with sorrow for the loss and devastation to Joplin and the community that has become my second home...

Thanks for all the emails and calls of concern and support everyone. I'm sorry I haven't been able to respond to everyone. It's awesome to know that we have such a loving and caring haunt community! Lee and I are going to see if we can help out in the Joplin area today. We appreciate the positive thoughts, energy and prayers that are going out to all the people affected by this disaster.


05-24-2011, 11:11 AM
We really dodged a bullet here. I live just outside Branson, Missouri and the same hook echo that caused the Joplin tornado passed right over our heads. It just kills me to hear the stories of devastation coming from there. We have family that lives there who just had a wedding on Saturday and their house took a direct hit. Thankfully no serious injuries, but their stories of friends in the neighborhood are heartbreaking. 30% of the city was literally wiped off the map. Joplin is in the high risk zone of possibly more tornadoes and severe weather again today, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Raycliff Manor
05-25-2011, 07:00 AM
Haunted Ozarks, so glad the tornado didn't touch down in your area. Lee and I spent the day in Joplin yesterday and it's just completely unreal! We were able to give two of our Fright Team members a huge hug of gratitude yesterday. Becki, our Fright Team Manager lives right where the tornado wiped out miles of neighborhoods. Amazingly, her house is severely damaged but still standing. We walked 4 houses down from her house and all you see for miles is flattened debris. It looks like an atomic bomb went off! Seeing people dig through the rubble of what were their homes to try and find remnants of their lives was one of the most helpless feelings I've experienced. I saw a teddy bear lying in the debris and it took everything I had not to break down. It just really struck me!

We've been blessed to be welcomed, embraced and supported by the Joplin residents and business community from day one of moving the business there. They are a resilient people and a true community. I know in time Joplin will be better and stronger than ever before. For now, there is so much help and healing needed. It makes my heart rejoice to see the support coming from all over with efforts to help. I only hope that when the shock is over and the news coverage moves to the next big story, the people and needs of the Joplin community will not be forgotten...


05-25-2011, 07:16 AM
Paul, I heard from John today and he said they were ok.
John did e-mail me and let me know that but thanks

05-25-2011, 07:38 AM
Glad to hear things at Raycliff are OK, (all things considered). Positive waves being sent...

05-25-2011, 04:07 PM
St. Louis is once again under a tornado warning. It's dark, it's raining its just nasty. The rain just won't stop.

Remember we got hit with a devestating twister a few weeks ago, nothing like Joplin. Looks like Missouri is the Twister capital right now.


Raycliff Manor
06-12-2011, 07:21 AM
We're back home and we've been back to Joplin. Progress appears to be taking place, but at a very slow pace. The dust clouds have settled and seeing the devastation again remains surreal. Being at MHC and enjoying such an awesome time with other haunters was just the escape we needed. Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to express your concerns, sympathies and empathies for Joplin and the Raycliff Fright Team. All the kind words were taken deeply to heart and very much appreciated. Allen, Shannon, Jim and Jay, thanks for allowing me to finally leak some of my emotion regarding the situation.;)

The day before yesterday Lee and I met with members of the Disaster Recovery / Economic Impact organization and we spent hours filling out paperwork to see if we will qualify for a loan program designed to help sustain businesses affected by the disaster. Due to the freshness of the disaster, we will now be unable to follow through with the intended Summer Festival of Fright we were going to put on this year. There are no grants to assist the businesses in Joplin; however, SBA is working to provide low interest loans to help those needing to rebuild and to those who will experience a negative economic impact until the city of Joplin is able to start realizing a recovery. As many of you know, we were in the process of selling the business before the tornado hit. I was asked about this many times at MHC. We’re still waiting to see if this has been derailed by the tornado or if it will still take place. We hope to know very soon whether or not the Raycliff Attractions will be operating in Joplin again this year and, if so, whether or not it will remain under our ownership. This will be the 8th year of operation for the Raycliff Attractions and we hope the people of Joplin and the surrounding area will have experienced enough recovery and be in a psychological and financial state to support the 2011 season. Of course it’s our ultimate desire to see the Raycliff Attractions, whether under our ownership or that of another, provide a much needed escape from reality and the highest entertainment value possible for the residents of Joplin and the surrounding area.

For those of you who have seen my post regarding the new business venture, yes we do still intend to move forward with this. At this time, however, we are assessing all of our options and trying to determine the best approach for the continued success of the Raycliff Attractions. Your positive thoughts, energy and prayers are greatly appreciated!


P.S. The final statement in this video clip sums it up well... "love your neighbor"