WHEREAS, tornadoes, floods and severe storms that began affecting Missouri in April, 2011, continue to cause distress and hazards to citizens and communities across the state; and
WHEREAS, the state of Missouri is currently under a state of emergency pursuant to Executive Order 11-06 and extended by Executive Order 11-09; and
WHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers is and will continue to release water at unprecedented levels from reservoirs located in the upper Missouri River basin; and
WHEREAS, many communities, residences, businesses, agricultural land and critical infrastructure are located along the Missouri River; and
WHEREAS, the action of the United States Corps of Engineers is predicted to significantly raise the level of the Missouri River with the potential of causing widespread flooding and placing individuals and property in peril; and
WHEREAS, communities along the Missouri River have begun responding to the flooding threat; and
WHEREAS, the magnitude of the expected flooding will exceed the capabilities of local jurisdictions and other established agencies and will necessitate the assistance of state emergency resources; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri National Guard can provide personnel, equipment, and expertise to relieve the distress and harm that has already occurred and is anticipated to be imposed upon the citizens and property situated along the Missouri River.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by the power vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, including Chapter 44, RSMo, do hereby order and direct that the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri or his designee coordinate and supervise the State's efforts in preparing for and responding to flooding events occurring and threatened along the Missouri River and tributaries, and it is further ordered and directed that the Adjutant General or his designee call into active service such additional portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to execute and complete this mission and employ such equipment as may be required, and provide such assistance as may be authorized and directed by the Governor of this State.
This Order shall remain in effect until terminated by subsequent Order.
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 8th day of June, 2011.
[Jay Nixon's signature]
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State
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