Missouri Guard Mobilizes for Storm Support
By Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Orrell
National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2011 Four governors have declared states of emergency and one has mobilized his state’s National Guard due to blizzard warnings and strong winter storms.
Army Staff Sgt. Travis Radtke and Army Staff Sgt. Jason Copley, both of the Missouri National Guard, perform preventive maintenance checks on vehicles at the Missouri National Guard armory in Springfield, Mo., Jan. 31, 2011. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation for a severe winter storm. U.S. Army photo by Ann Keyes
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By 9 a.m. EST today, the governors of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois had declared states of emergency, with three to six inches of sleet and up to a foot and a half of snow anticipated for some areas.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon mobilized about 600 Missouri National Guard members to support local authorities with emergency route clearance, door-to-door safety visits, generator assistance and stranded-motorist support, Missouri Guard officials said. The Missouri Guard also has sent liaison officers to emergency operation centers in affected cities and counties.
Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, Missouri’s adjutant general, said that the Missouri Guard has dealt with similar situations before, and that he feels confident Guard members will get the job done again.
“The leadership and soldiers and airmen of the Missouri National Guard are seasoned professionals,” Danner said. “We will apply lessons learned from years of experience to help the citizens of Missouri.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is using the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, Okla., for equipment staging, but National Guard officials said they don’t anticipate this FEMA mission assignment will require Guard support.