Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110067

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

June 02, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 10 a.m. June 2

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD

Summary

The State of Missouri continues to aid Jasper and Newton counties and the City of Joplin and in their recovery efforts from the EF-5 tornado that struck the city on May 22, 2011. Teams from SEMA, FEMA, and the Small Business Administration are assisting with damage assessment in Pettis County and the City of Sedalia following a tornado strike.

SEMA has begun to monitor the potential flooding impacts from the Missouri River in the north-western part of the state.

Electric Outages – Empire Electric reports 7000 outages and is working on restoration. Ameren reports all outages caused by weather related incidents has been restored. KCP&L reports all outages restored in the Sedalia area.

Shelter –
The current number of individuals sheltering in Joplin is 98. There is one shelter open: Missouri Southern State (3950 Newman Road, Joplin).

Forecast information –
Joplin & Southwestern Missouri

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South southwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. South southwest wind around 11 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 98. South southwest wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Region A                 

Several tornadoes touched down across the region, but only minimal damage was reported.

Pettis County (SEDALIA) Red Cross shelter has closed.  Red Cross will continue to do case work. The Red Cross may turn over the feeding operations to the Salvation Army on Wednesday (06\01).  Damage in Sedalia consists of 168 affected homes (73 destroyed, 20-25 with major damage, 65-70 with minor damage or affected), and 11-15 businesses were destroyed. There were 25 minor injuries and zero fatalities. Federal/State PA and IA preliminary damage assessment teams are scheduled in Sedalia on Wednesday,  06/01. 

Region D

Jasper County   Missouri Southern State University has 98 people sheltered. AmeriCorps has logged nearly 47,000 volunteer hours.  There are 7 intersections still being managed by law enforcement officials. The Corps of Engineers has searched grids 4, 5, and 6. The Humane Society and DMORT have demobilized.  There are four shelters open for emergency responders. There have been 9985 tetanus shots administered and there are 14 K9 teams working search and rescue.  McCauley Catholic High School is now housing only responders.  433 animals are being sheltered and 204 have been reunited with their families.  Four (4) K-9 teams for search and rescue remain on scene. 

Region H

Andrew County    Property owners along the Missouri and Nodaway Rivers have been notified of potential impacts from flooding. There have been minimal voluntary evacuations at this time.

Atchison County Is preparing for sandbagging operations.

Buchanan County In the process of notifying people who live between the levee and river. They are coordinating their planning efforts with neighboring counties. The St. Joseph EOC is not activated at this time. They have 60,000 sandbags and are using an automatic sandbagging machine.

Holt County Activated EOC on Monday and have voluntary evacuations at this time. 50,000 additional sandbags have arrived and the county has a stockpile of sand at their disposal.


ESF #1: Working to reconstruct signal signs. There are 78 flood related road closures in the state. Commercial motor vehicle unit reminded everyone to contact their website for information regarding the transport of debris across state lines. 5/30 Continuing to monitor volunteer activities.  Continuing to support cleanup and working on repairing traffic signals and signs. MODOT received contact from Kansas Dept. of Transportation and noted issues with roads being damaged due to overweight loads.

ESF #2
: Communications have been reported as stableState-owned radios are on loan to Joplin; now the MO National Guard (MONG) is able to communicate with Joplin over their own system. The Communication unit of MSHP has received the local communication plan and is working through the plan. 

ESF #3
: SAVE Coalition volunteers have evaluated over 2250 structures which include residential, medical care facilities, and multi-story structures. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is assisting with debris removal from right of ways and their technical experts are monitoring the situation.

ESF #4 & 9
: The Nebraska and Texas search teams have been demobilized. Tennessee will continue searching until Thursday, June 2nd. St Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue has been released.  Tomorrow 31 dogs will be in place.  Force 1 (MOTF1) and all SAR teams (except Region C) have been demobilized.

ESF #5: Joplin's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) anticipates switching to daylight activation only by 5/25, barring unforeseen circumstances. The State Emergency Operations Center continues to operate from 7 am to 7 pm until further notice.

ESF #6: There is one shelter open at this time with a population of 98. The Red Cross has served 35,202 meals and 50,101 snacks as of today (6/02/11).
The Missouri Dept. of Social Services has partnered with the Dept. of Agriculture to implement Disaster Food Assistance for those who have significant property damage and/or income loss as a result of the tornado. The shelter in Sedalia has been closed.

For victims to let their friends and family know they are safe:
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
Medical Volunteers: https://www.showmeresponse.org/

Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500         


ESF #7: A donations warehouse has been opened at 3068 N Upland Road. 5,000 doses of Tetanus vaccination acquired for Jasper county health department.  Working on acquiring Biohazard suits for first responders. Provided 10 generators for Joplin pond dewatering, provided trailer for medical record storage, bio-hazardous waste removal for DMORT, and provided defibulater batteries and chargers. 

ESF #8:
5/30 Mobile Medical Unit is running smoothly. No issues identified.
Mobile Medical Unit is operational and has been turned over to St. Johns staff. MO DMAT 1 will begin demobilization today. Processed request for Alaskan Shelter Pack to attach to the MMU to provide patient processing area. The Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health.

ESF #10: Working to locate staging areas for damaged vehicles.
Results from air monitoring have shown that there are no asbestos dangers. DNR is working on securing a location for Household Hazardous Waste Collections.  Air monitors have been placed.

ESF #12: KCP&L is working on a plan for the potential flooding in north western Missouri.
Empire is reporting that 500 – 600 outages have been restored. 7,100 outages remain.  Missouri Gas Energy continues repairs, working in the remaining 16 grids to cut off and cap mains and service lines damaged. Empire Electric reports 7700 outages and expect that all serviceable customers will be returned to service by late Sunday, May 29, and are walking the damaged area to see what can be restored within the next month or two.

ESF #13: Doing pre-planning and monitoring in the Region H area. There are 43 officers stationed in Joplin at this time and will be reduced to 32 beginning Sunday, June 5, 2011. Supporting security efforts and doing death notifications to next of kin.  Working on list of missing persons and verifying identification of deceased Providing relief to local law enforcement and assisting with checkpoints.

ESF #15
: Public Safety had a press conference at 10:00 am (05/27/11). Emphasis is switching to rumor control, and may move the entire ESF to Joplin. Primary focus is providing severe weather alerts via press releases and developing an event summary. Things are slowing down, and media inquiries are looking for fatality numbers and the next place to take the story (success stories, volunteer stories, etc…)

ESF #16:
The Missouri National Guard currently has 225 soldiers deployed to the Joplin area.  Coordinating to support the memorial service for Sunday, May 29th with missions including color guard, escort officers, and security. MoNG is working on security support and flight requests for DMORT and memorial service.

ESF #17: There are 569 animals being sheltered and 17 animals sheltered at the co-location. 290 animals have been returned to their families and 275 have been verified to be in private boarding. There have been 883 animals sheltered to date.
A 26 foot trailer is being brought in as a mobile shelter for the co-location shelter.  There are 3 trapping teams. Received assistance from FEMA to locate private shelters and self deployed rescue groups.

For more information, call (573) 751-4819 or e-mail mike.oconnell@dps.mo.gov