January 26, 2009
Gov. Nixon issues order for disaster response to winter storm
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a State of Emergency Executive Order in response to the winter storm that entered Missouri on Jan. 26. The executive order activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which opens the State Emergency Operations Center and allows state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency protective actions.
“Many parts of Missouri have been impacted by this severe winter storm, which has caused treacherous road conditions and has the potential for causing power outages,” Gov. Nixon said. “My primary concern is the safety of Missourians and this executive order makes state agency resources available to help communities respond to the winter storms.”
Citizens who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 Service is now available for most areas of Missouri. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626.
State agencies that can be activated for duty under the order include: Missouri Department of Public Safety, State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri State Water Patrol, Division of Fire Safety, Department of Agriculture, Department of Conservation, Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Social Services, Department of Transportation and the Office of Administration.
Non Government Organizations/Volunteer Organizations working with the SEOC include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, AmeriCorps, and the Governor’s Partnership for Disaster Recovery.