Dunlap said by phone early Monday afternoon that first and foremost his family was not harmed and his home avoided the carnage. Returning from Philadelphia late Sunday night, Dunlap's plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Arkansas due to a thunderstorm. When he finally made it to his pickup truck in the middle of the night, Dunlap was proud to say that the Eagles flag continued to fly strong.
A chiropractor, Dunlap's office was not damaged and has power so he's offered his space to other doctors who need it. When he arrived Monday morning to meet with his staff, he remembered something that former Eagle Kevin Reilly shared with him and the rest of the audience at the Eagles Academy for Men over the weekend.
"We have to be consistently persistent, consistently persistent, consistently persistent to help the people that need our help," said Dunlap, who travels to Texas to see the Eagles play the Cowboys every year and plans to be on hand for this year's season opener in St. Louis. "We're here and we're providing service to our patients as I'm speaking right now."
According to reports, the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening may very well be the deadliest tornado to hit the country in almost 60 years. The tornado blew the roof off of the local hospital where approximately 180 patients were housed. Some 2,000 homes and other buildings were destroyed. A town inhabited by around 50,000 people, Joplin, Mo. is located near the borders of Kansas and Oklahoma, about 300 miles west of St. Louis.
The tragedy in Joplin, Mo. follows on the heels of other deadly tornados that have ripped through the South in recent weeks taking the lives of hundreds of people.