After the devastating tornado in Oklahoma Monday, the ‘Real News‘ table discussed the importance of looking forward and the concept of community when it comes to rebuilding after natural disaster.

The tornado reached speeds of over 200 miles per hour as it tore through the Oklahoma City region Monday, injuring hundreds and leaving 24 dead–including seven children. The tornado destroyed schools, hospitals and homes as over 100 survivors have been pulled from rumble by emergency workers. Search crews strongly believe there are no more bodies or survivors still in the tornado rubble. 

In wake of the tragedy generous individuals from across the nation have donated more than $700,000 to Mercury One for tornado relief efforts currently underway in Oklahoma. For more information about donating, click here.

In 2011, a devastating tornado touched down 215 miles northeast of Moore, Oklahoma, in Joplin, Missouri; killing 161 people and destroying nearly 7,500 homes and 550 businesses.

The Joplin city manager joined ‘Real News’ Tuesday to give his perspective on community and recovery following the latest natural disaster.