January 28, 2009
Gov. Nixon mobilizes National Guard to help residents of southern, southeast Missouri after winter storm
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon today mobilized the Missouri National Guard to help residents of southern and southeast Missouri recover after a winter storm caused widespread damage and power outages. The Governor signed an executive order mobilizing the Guard members two days after he activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan in response to the storm.
“Several cities in southeast Missouri are without power, and members of the Guard will help ensure that crucial service providers such as hospitals, nursing homes and water treatment facilities are able to function,” Gov. Nixon said. “I commend the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for always being at the ready to help their fellow Missourians.”
“Your Missouri National Guard is proud to stand with Missouri communities as they respond to this severe weather,” said Brig. Gen. Stephen Danner, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.
Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers will be supporting local authorities in the hardest-hit counties in southern and southeast Missouri. National Guard liaison officers have been working with county officials to determine where the National Guard is needed. Missions are expected to include route clearance, power generation, and door-to-door wellness visits.
On Jan. 26, Gov. Nixon signed an executive order activating the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency protective actions. Gov. Nixon received a briefing on the winter storm situation this morning at the SEOC.
Citizens who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 2-1-1. 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.
The Missouri National Guard has 11,500 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen. Approximately 1,500 are currently deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism.