Gov. Nixon Issues Emergency Declaration

| May 13, 2014
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Governor Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that assistance was on the way to Orrick, Mo. and other communities affected by Saturday’s blast of thunderstorms and tornadoes.

The announcement included reference to the major damage suffered by the town of Orrick. “This system of severe weather has already brought damaging storms to many areas of the state, including the town of Orrick where a tornado caused significant damage to homes, vehicles and schools,” the Gov. said.

Nixon also stated all resources needed will be provided to communities affected and his office would stay informed of the recovery process.

The state official also said everyone should be aware of the forecast. “With more potentially dangerous storms in the forecast…I urge Missourians to stay alert, use caution and take shelter immediately if severe weather is headed their way.” Late spring and early summer historically gives rise to violent storm development in Missouri, especially the upper plains.

Gov. Nixon also stated he has activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local authorities. That includes coordinating with senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and State Emergency Management Agency.

Press Release from the Office of Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather that brought heavy rain, strong winds, and hail to many areas of the state and spawned two tornadoes. With another round of potentially dangerous weather forecast for later today, the Governor urges Missourians to monitor conditions and heed weather alerts.

“This system of severe weather has already brought damaging storms to many areas of the state, including the town of Orrick where a tornado caused significant damage to homes, vehicles and schools,” Gov. Nixon said. “With more potentially dangerous storms in the forecast for later today, I urge Missourians to stay alert, use caution and take shelter immediately if severe weather is headed their way. Our state emergency management team will continue to monitor conditions and work closely with local officials to help communities prepare for and respond to this dangerous weather system.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to assist residents in Orrick, where a tornado caused significant damage to homes, vehicles and schools. Another tornado took down trees and power lines near Marshall in Saline County.

The State Emergency Operations Center has been actively monitoring the storm system and the ongoing potential for more heavy rains, strong winds, flash-flooding, hail and tornadoes that could affect the state later today. Gov. Nixon has been receiving updates from his emergency management team to assess the current weather situation and address local needs. The team includes senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and State Emergency Management Agency

Gov. Nixon has also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.

The Office of Governor Jay Nixon’s Official Website 

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