WHEREAS, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that severe weather systems 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; and
WHEREAS, interruption of public services are occurring as a result of the severe weather and flooding that began on March 17, 2008; and
WHEREAS, the severe weather and flooding 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 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 Section 41.480.2, RSMo, order and direct the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri, or his designee, to call and order forthwith 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 by the Governor of this state.
This order shall terminate on April 18, 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 18th day of March, 2008.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State