WHEREAS, providing timely response and recovery for Missouri's citizens after natural disasters or terrorist events is a fundamental responsibility and solemn duty of state government; and

WHEREAS, President George W. Bush launched the USA Freedom Corps initiative in 2002, and as part of that initiative created Citizen Corps to help coordinate volunteer and individual or family preparedness activities that will make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation and asked every state to establish a State Citizen Council; and

WHEREAS, our Nation and State are strengthened by a strong collaborative partnership between public institutions and faith-based, charitable or community service organizations in the service of its citizens in need after a disaster especially those people with special needs such as the disabled; and

WHEREAS, providing a cohesive, effective human services response and recovery plan for Missourians requires advanced and on-going collaboration, communication, coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local governments, private sector and citizen groups; and

WHEREAS, Missouri has a long-standing tradition of government, faith-based and community partnerships.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MATT BLUNT, 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 establish the Government, Faith-based and Community Partnership (herein called the "Partnership") to be comprised of governmental and private agency representatives.

The Partnership shall be composed of members to be appointed by the Governor as follows:

  1. The Director of the State Emergency Management Agency, who shall serve as Chair of the Partnership;
  2. One member each from the state departments of Agriculture, Economic Development, Elementary and Secondary Education, Health and Senior Services, Insurance, Labor and Industrial Relations, Mental Health, Social Services, Natural Resources, Conservation, the State Emergency Management Agency, Public Safety, the Missouri Housing Development Commission, and the Office of Administration;
  3. One member from the Governor's staff;
  4. One member each from the following private sector organizations and key Federal agencies: American Red Cross, Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MOVOAD), The Salvation Army, Missouri Catholic Conference, Missouri Baptist Convention, Lutheran Disaster Services, Missouri United Methodist Conference, Church World Service, Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization, AmeriCorps - St. Louis, United Ways of Missouri, Missouri Association of Community Action, Missouri Legal Services, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Sheriffs Association, Missouri Emergency Preparedness Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and United States Department of Agriculture; and
  5. Two public members at large.

All members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

Members of the Partnership shall receive no compensation for their service to the people of Missouri but may seek reimbursement for their reasonable and necessary expenses incurred as members of the Partnership, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Office of Administration, to the extent that funds are available for such purpose.

The Partnership is assigned for administrative purposes to the State Emergency Management Agency. The State Emergency Management Agency shall provide the Partnership with any staff assistance the Partnership may require from time to time.

The Partnership shall meet at the call of its Chair, and the Chair shall call the first meeting of the Partnership as soon as possible.

I hereby charge the Partnership with the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as the coordinating organization in concert with the State Emergency Management Agency for human services functions in natural disasters and terrorist events;
  • Assure the responsiveness of public and private sector resources to citizens in time of disaster;
  • Improve the human services disaster response and recovery delivery methods with a goal of increasing service to the citizens of Missouri while maximizing the use of public and private sector resources;
  • Develop and maintain an effective response and recovery plan to address those Missourians with special needs;
  • Function as a Statewide Citizen Council for the State of Missouri, with support to the Homeland Security Advisory Council on post-disaster human service issues; and
  • Develop and propose to the Governor's office and legislative branch, viable plans for funding recovery efforts in disasters that are undeclared.

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 7th day of March, 2006.

[Matt Blunt's signature]

Matt Blunt


[Robin Carnahan's signature]

Robin Carnahan
Secretary of State

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