Gov. Nixon has signed an executive order to declare a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe weather that began late last night. The weather system has involved tornadoes and high winds in communities across Missouri.
Personnel at the State Emergency Management Agency have been communicating with local law enforcement and emergency responders and tracking the storms as they have moved across Missouri. This order from the Governor follows on those initial steps by activating the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.
Initial reports indicate that these storms have resulted in at least three fatalities, multiple injuries and damage to homes, buildings and property, including at Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County. Earlier this afternoon, Gov. Nixon spoke personally with Major Gen. David E. Quantock, commanding general of the Fort, to offer the state’s support and assistance.