ov. Jay Nixon today signed Executive Order 11-11, which provides relief to Joplin-area residents who lost their state identification or vehicle ownership documents. Under the order, the Missouri Department of Revenue will issue replacements for valid cards and documents, waiving all fees.
Those documents include: driver licenses; nondriver licenses; certificates of vehicle ownership; license plates; and plate registration stickers.
"This order is one small step to ease the burden on victims of the devastation in Joplin," Gov. Nixon said. "Obtaining replacements for these important documents and credentials is essential to conduct the business of everyday life. My administration is committed to a full recovery in Joplin, and removing layers of bureaucracy where appropriate is an important component of that process."
Executive Order 11-11 requires the Missouri Department of Revenue to issue replacement documents at no charge to citizens who can show proof these materials were lost as a result of the tornado in Joplin.
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 11-12 protects insurance policyholders from rate increases and cancellations.
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.