Whereas, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that several severe storm systems causing damages associated with tornados, high winds, hail, and flooding have impacted communities across the central and southern parts of the state of Missouri; and
Whereas, the severe weather that began on January 7, 2008, has created a condition of distress and hazard to the safety, welfare, and property of the citizens of Missouri beyond the capabilities of some local and other established agencies; and
Whereas, local officials are continuing to provide updated damage reports to the State Emergency Operations Center; and
Whereas, the citizens and communities of Missouri are still recovering from the effects of the December 2007 severe storms; 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, protection of the safety and welfare of the citizens of the state requires an invocation of the provisions of Section 44.100 and 44.110, RSMo.
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 the state of 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 February 8, 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 11th day of January, 2008.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State