Whereas, the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency has advised me that several severe storm systems causing damages associated with tornados, high winds, hail, flooding, and flash-flooding have impacted communities throughout the state of Missouri; and
Whereas, the severe weather that began on March 31, 2008, and continuing, has created a condition of distress and hazard to the safety, welfare, and property of the citizens of the state of Missouri beyond the capabilities of some local and other established agencies; and
Whereas, the citizens and communities of Missouri are yet recovering from the effects of the January, February, and March 2008 major disasters; and
Whereas, the resources of the state of Missouri may be needed to assist affected jurisdictions and to help relieve the condition of distress and hazard to the safety and welfare of our fellow Missourians; and
Whereas, an invocation of the provisions of Section 44.100 and 44.110 RSMo. will be required to ensure the protection of the safety and welfare of the citizens of the state.
Now, Therefore, I, Matt Blunt, Governor of the State of Missouri, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, including Sections 44.100 and 44.110 RSMo. do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists in Missouri. I do hereby direct that the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan be activated.
I further authorize the use of state agencies to provide assistance, as needed. This order shall terminate on May 1, 2008, 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 1st day of April, 2008.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State