WHEREAS, fire destroyed the Dora Elementary and High School in Dora, Ozark County, Missouri during the morning hours on January 21, 1998; and
WHEREAS, the damage to the Dora Elementary and High School is considered to be a total loss; and
WHEREAS, debris from the school remains on the site causing a hazard to the public health and safety and is beyond local capabilities; and
WHEREAS, removal of the debris will accelerate the Dora School District's resumption of its regular class schedule and will provide a safe environment to learn for the school's 330 students; and
WHEREAS, these conditions necessitate the declaration of an emergency in Dora, Ozark County, Missouri, and this emergency requires the expenditure of public funds to furnish immediate aid and relief pursuant to Section 44.032, Revised Statutes of Missouri.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mel Carnahan, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby declare that an emergency exists in Dora, Ozark County, Missouri, and I order and direct the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency, or his designee, to expend funds from the "Missouri Disaster Fund" to assist in the clearing or removal of the debris on the site of the Dora School, as the Director or his designee deems appropriate. The expenditure of the public funds in the "Missouri Disaster Recovery Fund" is to protect the safety and property of the Dora School District and the citizens of Ozark County, aid state and local officials with emergency debris removal, and to provide such other assistance as may be authorized and directed by the Governor of this State. Unless extended by a supplemental Executive Order, this order will expire at midnight on March 31, 1998.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 30th day of January, 1998.
[Mel Carnahan's signature]
[Rebecca McDowell Cook's signature]
SECRETARY OF STATE