Whereas, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency many communities are having difficulty recovering from the severe storm systems that impacted the western and central regions of the State of Missouri from June 4, 2007, and continuing; and
Whereas, those severe weather events continue to cause significant damages to public infrastructure as a result of heavy rains, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, and hail; and
Whereas, those damages have had an adverse affect on the abilities of those communities to provide for the health, safety, welfare, and property of the citizens of the State of Missouri beyond the capabilities of local and other established agencies; and
Whereas, the repetitive nature of disaster events over the past twelve months have created a significant impact on the abilities of the state and affected local governments to effectively and expeditiously recovery from those events; and
Whereas, the resources of the State of Missouri and the federal government will be needed to assist affected jurisdictions recover from these storms and to help relieve the condition of distress and hazard to the safety and welfare of our fellow Missourians; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I MATT BLUNT, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, including Section 41.480.2, RSMo, order and direct the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri, or his designee, to call forthwith and order into active service such portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to aid the executive officials of Missouri and to protect life and property. It is further ordered and directed that the Adjutant General or his designee, through him, the commanding officer of any unit or other organization of such organized militia so called into active service take such action and employ such equipment as may be necessary in support of civilian authorities, and provide such assistance as may be authorized and directed by the Governor of this State.
This order shall terminate on August 3, 2007, unless extended in whole or in part.
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 3rd day of July 2007.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
Matt Blunt, Governor
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State