WHEREAS, the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency has advised me that severe storms are causing flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and the tributaries, as well as rivers and tributaries in the southern half of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, interruptions of public services are occurring as a result of the severe weather that began on March 17, 2008; and
WHEREAS, the severe weather that began on March 17, 2008, 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 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 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 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 April 18, 2008, unless extended in whole or 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 18th day of March, 2008.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State