Severe weather is expected to continue from the Deep South to the Mid-Atlantic through Friday, and FEMA stands ready to support impacted states if requested. Through our regional offices in Kansas City, Mo., Chicago, Ill., and Atlanta, Ga., we’ve been in touch with state and local officials, and we continue to coordinate closely with our federal partners at the National Weather Service, and are tracking ongoing weather threats.
Below is a summary of actions by the emergency response community and FEMA:
- Governors in the following states have declared states of emergency to make available state government resources, such as personnel, equipment and facilities, to support and assist disaster response operations.
- On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of emergency for the southern third of the state of Illinois.
- On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency for Kansas.
- On Wednesday, Feb. 29, Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the severe storms.
- Prior to severe weather, FEMA Region V staff was already in Springfield, Ill., participating in a planning workshop. Two FEMA staff members remain at the State Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation alongside the state.
- The Missouri Business Emergency Operations Center, located at the Missouri State EOC, has been virtually activated to facilitate two-way communications between the private sector, the State Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA. A FEMA Private Sector Liaison is coordinating with the Missouri Business Emergency Operations Center to share vital information to its private sector partners.
- At the request of the State of Missouri, FEMA is deploying teams to Missouri to conduct joint preliminary damage assessments with other state and local personnel which are scheduled to begin Friday, March 2 in 17 counties. These assessments identify the damages in impacted counties and to help the governor determine if additional federal support will be requested.
- Missouri Governor Nixon has ordered the National Guard deployed to support local law enforcement agencies with emergency coordination and recovery.
- Additional Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams are on alert/standing by for potential State requests.
This severe weather threat should serve as a reminder to everyone to have a plan ready as we can’t always anticipate when or where a disaster might strike.