Whereas, I have been advised by the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency that the state of Louisiana is requesting assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) in evacuating disaster victims associated with Hurricane Gustav from that state to the state of Missouri; and
Whereas, the state of Louisiana has asked Missouri to provide any necessary support, to include, personnel, equipment, and resources, pursuant to EMAC in order to provide for the efficient operation of this relocation effort; and
Whereas, this relocation effort is necessary to help relieve the condition of distress and hazard to the safety and welfare of our fellow Americans; and
Whereas, it is beyond the capabilities of Louisiana to effectively handle the large numbers of disaster victims, and the influx of large numbers of disaster victims from Louisiana will have a significant impact on the citizens and resources of Missouri; and
Whereas, the EMAC is designed to protect of the safety and welfare of the citizens in the affected EMAC states; and
Whereas, the protection of the safety and welfare of the citizens of the state requires the invocation of Section 41.480, 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 Section 41.480.2, RSMo, order and direct the Adjutant General of the state of Missouri, or his designee, to forthwith call and order 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 and directed by the Governor of this state.
I further authorize the use of state agencies to provide support to this relocation effort, as needed.
This order shall terminate on September 30, 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 30th day of August, 2008.
[Matt Blunt's signature]
[Robin Carnahan's signature]
Secretary of State