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Neighborhoods are flattened and buildings are on fire after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area Monday, May 20, 2013. (Credit: CBS News)

Neighborhoods are flattened and buildings are on fire after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area Monday, May 20, 2013. (Credit: CBS News)

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JOPLIN, MO (KMOX) - It will be two years ago Wednesday that Joplin, Missouri took a major blow from tornadoes.

Today, the town has more than just sympathy for those in Moore, Oklahoma.

Officials in Joplin have assembled a team of public safety employees who are headed to tornado-stricken Moore.

The team consists of about a dozen police and firefighters. It will conduct a needs assessment and help determine areas in which Moore needs further assistance.

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr said his community remembers the assistance it received in 2011 and feels an obligation to lend a hand.

Joplin was hit with an EF-5 multiple vortex tornado in the late afternoon of May 22, 2011, killing 158 people. It was the seventh deadliest tornado in the nation’s history.

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