Gov. Jay Nixon today signed Executive Order 11-14 that directs the Missouri National Guard to coordinate and supervise the cleanup and removal of debris in the city of Joplin in the wake of the devastating May 22 tornado. The order also directs the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri to call into active duty additional military personnel and equipment as necessary to execute and complete the mission.
In addition to the National Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide its expertise and resources.
"The state of Missouri continues to respond with every available resource to the deadly storm that left so many citizens in dire need of assistance," Gov. Nixon said. "This order will ensure that the cleanup and removal of debris from Joplin, an enormous task that is crucial to the overall recovery of the city, will receive the significant resources and logistical support of the National Guard."
On the evening of Sunday, May 22, Gov. Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard to respond to the tornadoes and severe storms that struck Joplin and surrounding areas. The governor also activated the State Emergency Operations Center and directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Highway Patrol to immediately assist local authorities.
Gov. Nixon has been in Joplin every day this week surveying the damage, meeting with residents and coordinating response efforts with local officials. Gov. Nixon has spoken with President Barack Obama on multiple occasions and continues to work with the administration to coordinate federal assistance. President Obama has extended federal disaster assistance to individuals, families and local units of government in Jasper and Newton counties to aid with recovery efforts.
Gov. Nixon issued Executive Order 11-10 allowing for continuity of medical care by allowing out-of-state physicians to temporarily practice in Missouri and allowing pharmacists to provide essential medication for citizens whose medical records are missing. Executive Order 11-11 allows citizens who have lost driver licenses and other state documents to obtain replacements at no charge from the Missouri Department of Revenue. Executive Order 11-12 provides emergency consumer protections for insurance policyholders.
The governor has organized a community response meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. in Joplin today. At the meeting, state and federal officials will provide information about government services available to victims of the tornado. The meeting is at the Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.