WHEREAS, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that several severe storm systems causing damages associated with high winds, hail, and flooding have impacted communities across the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, there has been confirmed loss of life in Henry, Lawrence, Pettis, Perry and Randolph Counties, and injuries in several counties; and
WHEREAS, there may have been additional loss of life and injuries, as well as extensive property damage, throughout the State of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, the severe weather that began on March 11, 2006, and continues, 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, protection of the safety and welfare of the citizens of the State requires an invocation of the provisions of Sections 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 April 30, 2006, 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 13th day of March 2006.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State