Governor Mike Parson today requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessment in seven Missouri counties in response to devastating Missouri River flooding that began in March. The joint teams will survey damage in preparation for a request from the Governor for federal disaster assistance.

Today, Governor Mike Parson, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hear an updated assessment of flood damage and look ahead on the Missouri River outflow. However, the primary purpose was to identify regional solutions for recovery and levee repairs.

Today, Governor Mike Parson announces five appointments to various boards and commissions and a county office.

Governor Parson appointed Virginia Lay as Associate Circuit Judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit She will fill the vacancy created by the end of the Honorable Judy P. Draper’s term.

Governor Parson appointed Alisha O’Hara as Associate Circuit Judge for Clay County. She will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable David Chamberlain, as Circuit Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson are reminding Missourians April is National Autism Awareness Month. Tuesday, April 2, is specifically designated as World Autism Day. During this month, citizens across the state, the nation, and the world should join to increase the awareness, understanding, and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as Autism.

Today, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-06 to give Director Carol Comer, Department of Natural Resources discretionary authority to temporarily waive or suspend the operation of any statutory or administrative rule or regulation during the period of the flooding emergency and the subsequent recovery period to best serve the interests of the public health and safety.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Missouri River through the Master Manual, a 432-page document that lays out eight congressionally authorized purposes: flood control, river navigation, hydroelectric power, irrigation, water supply, water quality, recreation, and fish and wildlife (including preservation of endangered species).

Today, Governor Parson signed House Committee Substitute for House Bills 448 and 206 during a signing ceremony in the Governor’s Office.

Governor Mike Parson today kicked off a middle school conference at the University of Central Missouri celebrating science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).