Angie Abner, a paramedic and emergency room nurse at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO, was on duty when the tornado tore through the city.
In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Abner shared her story about how she was in the triage department of the emergency room when the storm came. Abner said the hospital informed staff of a “Condition Gray,” which told staff what to do., and they had 10 minutes to get patients and visitors away from doors and windows.
After the storm blew through, the first patients Abner encountered were two bleeding men climbing through the destroyed ambulance doors. They had been at a park across the street and were blown over to the facility. Abner says staff has been working round the clock to tend to patients.