Whereas, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that a natural disaster of major proportions has occurred throughout the State of Missouri, which area has been affected by severe storms, and high winds with tornadoes; and
Whereas, there has been loss of life in Jasper County; and
Whereas, damage to the affected areas and loss of property and interruption of public services have occurred as a result of the severe weather beginning May 4, 2003; and
Whereas, the severe weather that began on May 4, 2003, and which may continue, 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, protection of the safety and welfare of the citizens of the affected communities requires an invocation of the provisions of Section 44.100, RSMo.
Whereas, pursuant to Section 41.480.2 RSMo, I called out the National Guard to provide emergency relief to the affected counties.
Now, Therefore, I, Bob Holden, 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 Section 41.480.2, RSMo, order and direct the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri, or his designee, to forthwith call and order into active service such portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to aid the executive officials of Missouri, to protect life and property, and it is further ordered and directed that the Adjutant General, or his designee, and 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 June 4, 2003, 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 5th day of May 2003.
[Bob Holden's signature]
[Matt Blunt's signature]
Secretary of State