WHEREAS, the City of Joplin was hit by a devastating tornado that resulted in significant loss of life and property; and
WHEREAS, the tragedy that was inflicted upon the City of Joplin has created a condition of distress and hazard to the safety, welfare, and property of its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the State of Missouri is committed to assisting the City of Joplin recover from this disaster; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri National Guard has been activated and deployed assisting the citizens of the City of Joplin through this disaster; and
WHEREAS, the magnitude of the cleanup and debris removal in the City of Joplin will require significant resources and logistical support including the expertise of the United States Army Corps of Engineers; and
WHEREAS, the Missouri National Guard is capable of supervising and coordinating this vital mission for the citizens of the City of Joplin and the State of Missouri.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, including Chapter 44, RSMo, do hereby order and direct that the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri or his designee coordinate and supervise the cleanup and debris removal process in the City of Joplin and it is further ordered and directed that the Adjutant General or his designee call into active service such additional portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to execute and complete this mission and employ such equipment as may be required, and provide such assistance as may be authorized and directed by the Governor of this State.
This order shall terminate on June 20, 2011, unless extended in whole or in part.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 26th day of May, 2011.