Situation Report

JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR

Contact:

PAUL PARMENTER, SEMA DIRECTOR

Situation Report #: N09110056

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jefferson City

May 26, 2011

Spring 2011 Severe Storms Situation Report 8 a.m. May 26

NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD

Summary

Tornado activity continued in Missouri on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.  In addition to the significant losses in Joplin on Sunday evening, a tornado struck the City of Sedalia, Montgomery and Carter County areas.  Initial reports indicated potential activity in the Kansas City area, however the National Weather Service was unable to confirm any touchdowns.

Electric Outages – Ameren reports 839 outages. Empire Electric reports 11,500  outages and is working on restoration.  Ozark Electric for the Carter County area is 20.

New MAC Electric (Neosho)– is reporting that power is back to normal.

Shelter – Currently a shelter is open at Missouri Southern State College with 143 individuals reported at the shelter. Shelter at Ignite Church at 701 S. Maiden Ln. with 34 individuals reported at the shelter. Shelter at College Heights Christian College at 4311 E. Newman Rd.

Forecast information –

Joplin & Southwestern Missouri
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Northwest wind between 11 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind between 8 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sedalia & Northwestern Missouri
Today: Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. North northwest wind between 11 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Flood warning in effect until further notice.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. North northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east southeast.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind between 5 and 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

St. Louis & Southeastern Missouri
Today: Scattered showers before 7am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Northwest wind between 8 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Flood warning in effect until further notice.

Tonight: Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 48. North wind between 10 and 13 mph becoming calm.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming south between 6 and 9 mph.

Region A                 

Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only minimal damage was reported.

Lafayette County   residence destroyed with minor injuries.

Pettis County    An EF-2 tornado (windspeeds of 111-115 mph) struck Sedalia at 12:22 p.m. on 5/25/2011, leaving a damage path approximately ½ mile wide and 3 miles long. Casualties were limited to 26 minor injuries with no fatalities or major injuries reported. The tornado destroyed 65 homes (50 mobile and 15 permanent) and severely damaged 40-50 others. In addition, 15 businesses have been reported as being destroyed or seriously damaged, along with the school bus barn. The tornado overturned several tractor trailers, spilling relatively small amounts of diesel fuel, crankcase oil, and antifreeze. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Emergency Response (EER) team is monitoring the cleanup of the spills, which were contained and restricted to the immediate area. Debris removal is complete and the roads and highways are open. The American Red Cross (ARC) opened a shelter at 1701 W 32nd St, Sedlia, which housed 4 people overnight.

Region C

Franklin   A tornado touched down near St Clair, with minimal damage reported. Less than 1% of the population lost power because of the tornado, which also knocked over a bunch of trees.          Several power outages due to straight line wind.

St. Charles   A severe thunderstorm moved through the county, the storm produced reports of straight-line winds in Wentzville estimated at 50 to 60 mph.  No structural damage has been reported at this time, but dispatch centers and emergency managers are being polled for additional damage reports.  Current Impact: Minor. Scattered tree and power line damage; limited power outages.  2 transformer fires, wires down reports, and lightning strikes;  one storm-related house fire. Power outages of approx 1,800 have been reported.  Portage des Sioux's water plant is currently without power.  Ameren EOC has been notified, but there is no estimate on restoration time. St Peters reports 8" tree down at City PWS facility

St. Louis County/City      reported power outages due to downed trees and lines. 52,000 power outages were reported in Region C.

Region D

Jasper County   Power has been restored to the town of Sarcoxie, and Empire Electric is coordinating with them to transfer back to primary power. The cooling and feeding station at the Community Building closed at 9 p.m. on May 25.  A boil order for all water to be ingested or consumed within Joplin remains in effect.

Missouri Task Force One, Kansas City and Oklahoma teams have been dismissed. St. Louis team will be working with the cadaver dogs. The Freeman Hospital is taking all priority 1 patients and the St. John's Hospital is taking all level two, three, and four patients. All grids have been searched except two; grids D12 and D16. Self deployed volunteers are being organized and identified with an id card system. Confirmed fatality count is now 125; shelter populations at 535. Operations suspended overnight to continue during daylight hours only. Tertiary search and rescue continues, and cadaver dogs have begun searching Joplin. Joplin requested additional law enforcement officers to supplement the current contingent, and Jasper County 911 indicated that additional 911 operators may be needed. Operations were temporarily suspended last night due to weather. They will begin releasing the more significant search and rescue teams, as they are currently 85% done with their searching. They will begin their third search today, but are in need of more cadaver dogs. Shelter count for overnight was approximately 125. They are inundated with Public Works help from across the state and water has been restored to the unaffected areas. FEMA will be conducting building inspections today. Joplin will test their emergency sirens today at 10:30 am. AT&T will be bringing in a smart truck later today to provide additional channels for communication. A meteorologist will be arriving today from the National Weather Service to assist the Joplin Emergency Management Office. Boil order is no longer in effect, and water has been restored. Search and rescue is roughly half way completed. Working with Disaster Medical Assistance Team through St. Johns to have a 60 bed surgical unit staffed by DMAT team, then by St. Johns staff.  Joplin EOC reports 6 reliable phone lines are up. City of Sarcoxie reports a loss of power. Current estimates from Empire are that power could be restored as early as 24 to 36 hours from 9 am this morning. Generators have been powered up on the public drinking water system, City Hall, and the wastewater system. An additional generator will be set up at the Gene Taylor Community Building and a bigger one for the wastewater system by 8 pm tonight. The Red Cross will begin a 200 hot meal food service at the Gene Taylor Community Building ( 218 N. 5th Street, Sarcoxie) beginning today at 2:30 pm. Red Cross and City officials will monitor to determine if continuing operations are required as well as the needs for an overnight shelter. They have outlined a grid pattern and Search & Rescue teams are doing a full grid search. Railroads have resumed operations, however they are moving slowly. Public Works and Mutual Aid are en route. A shelter is open and 300 volunteers have arrived to assist in shelter operations. There are 100 law enforcement personnel working to secure 30 roadblocks. The biggest needs at this time are search and rescue as well as mortuary assistance. FEMA Region 7 is setting up a portable morgue and family assistance center. Widespread damage, EMD reports 2,000 structures destroyed including residences, businesses, schools, apartment complexes and churches. St. John's Regional Medical Center was badly damaged and patients are being evacuated. Thirty (30) deaths have been reported.

Lawrence  County   Two homes completely devastated, two homes with minor to moderate damage, and two families displaced but staying with family. No fatalities, injuries, or outages.

McDonald County   McDonald County 911 reported several road closings due to high water and flooding. This includes Highway 43 near the Buffalo Creek Bridge, Route W 1.5 miles north of Pineville, and a location on Route E. They have advised that these roads may not be barricaded as MODOT is working skeleton crews in this area due to the tornado response in Joplin.

Newton County   Shelter opened at Seneca Middle School (925 Oneida Street
Seneca, MO 64865)
with a population of 50. 40 homes have been flooded in Seneca and 11 were evacuated. Public Works buildings and parks have been flooded. The 1st Baptist Church in Seneca (904 Oneida Street, Seneca, MO 64865) is being used as a shelter and has a population of 9. 32 homes evacuated do to flash flooding and the associated risks. The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing flows at Beaver Damn and Table Rock Damn (to 34,000cfs). The flow amount will affect homes on Lake Taneycomo and the Lower Branson Landing. Contacted the sheriff's office at 0200 and they said that the water was receding.  Heavy rains have been steady since the tornado and Newton County is starting to experience flooding, but no impact to residents.  No flood damage has been reported yet, but will probably occur if the rain continues as forecasted.

Stone County   At 1600 hours today, the Table Rock Lake was at 930.32. The Top Flood Pool is at 931. It is expected to crest at 933.5. On April 28, 2011 the pool crested at 935.5. (Galena) A Cargill contractor with 4 turkey barns destroyed due to the damage of uprooted trees.  Another Cargil turkey barn near Galena suffered minor damages.  Two mobile homes and damages to two turkey barns reported.

Taney County   At 0800 hours the Bull Shoals Lake was at 695.32 and Lake Taneycomo was at 707.64. At 0900 hours the Table Rock Lake was at 933.72. There are 21 road and bridge closures at this time. The Salvation Army opened a shelter and had zero population overnight. The Corps of Engineers is releasing 52,500 cfs from Beaver Lake causing an increase in release from Table Rock Lake to 53,600 cfs. Lake Taneycomo is seeing rises between 2008 and 2011 flooding levels. Emergency Management issues a Civil Emergency message through the Emergency Alert System.

National Weather Service: Reports that Lake Taneycomo has flooded several homes.

Region E

Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only minimal damage was reported.

Mississippi County  At 1640 hours storms moved through the Charleston. The storms tore the roof off a business and damaged 6 vehicles. No injuries were reported.

Wayne County  At 4:45 p.m. on May 25, Silva was struck by a tornado that damaged an estimated 75% of the town's buildings (35 homes, barns, garages, and 1 church) before crossing into Madison County and impacting Fredricksburg. Three minor injuries and no fatalities were reported in Silva. Highway 34 eastbound is obstructed by downed trees, and Silva is without power. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.

Madison County  The same tornado that struck Silva (Wayne County) at 4:45 p.m. on May 25 struck Fredericktown at 4:50 p.m., felling trees and powerlines, and overturning vehicles. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.

Region F

Several tornadoes touched down across the region yesterday afternoon and evening, but only minimal damage was reported, with the exception of a highway patrol car that was overturned.

Region G

Carter County  A tornado touched down outside of Grandin and traveled northwestward towards Ellsinore at about 3:50 p.m. on May 25, causing moderate to severe damage to approximately 20 homes. No fatalities or injuries have been reported. Grandin lost water when the power went out; however, Ozark Border Electric Coop is on scene and working to restore power. EMD reports tornado touchdown with one home destroyed, injuries are unknown at this time.

Region H

Andrew County  At approximately 1900 hours on 05/21/2011, storms moved through northern Andrew County and Fillmore Areas. They received a large from amount of golfball to baseball size hail. Damage from hail and wind affected three residences and several other buildings. There were no deaths or injuries.

ESF #1: MoDOT (MO Department of Transportation) working with Joplin Public works to continue clearing debris during daylight hours. All arterial and collector streets in Joplin  have been cleared of debris. Received offers from neighboring cities to assist with transit and public works. These resources are currently on standby. Assisting ESF #6 by getting road signs to help direct volunteer workers. They have 10 crews of 5 individuals working to clear roads. Business 71 is closed.  I-44 was cleared this morning and is now open. Rangeline Road is closed. Recommending that people get fuel in Springfield or Oklahoma. Currently assisting the city with debris removal and traffic control.

ESF #2: State-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.  Highway Patrol Command Post was moved last night to the area of the Emergency Operations Center in Joplin. Coordinating communications with MO National Guard & moving out of command post. Began trying to locate missing people using cellular services. Sprint has provided 25 phones to Joplin, however they have not yet arrived at the EOC. Carthage lost coverage in the area last night and they are working to get it back up. Cellular coverage is continually improving. Sprint restored cell site near Memorial Hall, and is distributing cell phones to people in Jasper county Emergency Operations Center. ATT reports 2 cell sites have been restored. A satellite telephone kit has been dispatched.  Report that there are fifty cell sites that are off the network. Ten of these sites are off the network due to damage. Radio communications are up and running. A Highway Patrol command truck is en route to the affected areas to assist with communications. A State Area Coordination Center kit is being sent to support emergency phones. The Joplin Police Department communications system is not functioning. Jasper County has limited radio capability. Jasper County 911 is fully functional.

ESF #3: The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is assisting with debris removal from right of ways and their technical experts are monitoring the situation. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Wednesday between representatives of the City of Joplin and the Missouri Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (SAVE) Coalition, opening the way for volunteers to deploy to the city and conduct assessments on buildings.  About 30 SAVE volunteers are scheduled to report to Joplin City Hall at 9:00 AM Thursday.  More volunteers are on standby in case additional structures need to be assessed.
Joplin Public Works (PW) anticipates that deployment of their equipment and the equipment and assistance they have been/ are receiving from MoDOT will be sufficient for current efforts. In addition, Joplin PW is requesting five 4-person teams from the SAVE Coalition to perform damage assessment around the perimeter of the tornado damage path. Missouri Water has been staffed in Joplin.  In contact with their regional office. They are aware of some issues with waste water and water treatment plants and are monitoring the situation. Damage is limited to Joplin.

ESF #4 & 9: St Louis Regional Urban Search and Rescue has been released.  Tomorrow 31 dogs will be in place.  IST operations will continue on 24 hours shifts through Thursday, May 26th, and will run a twelve hour day shift through Sunday, May 29th. A total of 13 K-9 cadaver teams have been assigned to the incident. There is an unknown number of freelance teams on the scene. ESF #9 is currently filling a request for 17 more teams. Force 1 (MOTF1) and all SAR teams (except Region C) have been demobilized. SAR operations Region C's team will perform a tertiary-level SAR mission. Eighteen cadaver dog teams arrived and began search patterns. SAR efforts will occur during daylight hours only. Filled requests for ATV's to help with search and rescue efforts. Cadaver dogs will arrive by 1500 hours on 05/24/2011. Two search and rescue teams from Region C and one search and rescue team from Kansas City, KS have arrived. Currently searching sector D8, with next immediate priorities being D9 (Hampshire Terrace Apartments) and D11A (Olympic Apartments). Oklahoma USAR and MOTF1 in the search areas. Last primary search priorities are sectors D6, D12, and D15. Secondary searches will be authorized after these primary searches are done.  
 
The Mid America Regional Council has deployed to Joplin the following: 5 heavy rescue Teams and 5 ambulance strike teams (25 total ambulances). 4 of the 5 strike teams will be released tonight. 31 nurses are being deployed to work at hospitals in the immediate vicinity and at Cox North Hospital in Springfield at the request of the Missouri Hospital Association. The Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City volunteers are on standby if requested. Kansas City Police Dept tactical and traffic squads and communications assets have deployed to Joplin, as well as Cass county law enforcement with personnel and vehicles.

Per Greg Carrell,  Springfield and Oklahoma have joined forces and resumed searching after the weather cleared at 2200 they continued until 0136 when they returned for rehab and will resume at first light.   Monett, Kansas City KS, Brookline, Clever and Central Polk teams are being mission tasked and resumed those missions at 2200 also.    Jasper County has all the search and rescue teams they can coordinate at this time. The county has received a number of self deployed fire fighters, and are working to find out if they have an incident commander.

Region C assets arrived at 0136 at the staging area and will perform secondary searches at first light in areas that were quick searched at the beginning of the event.

Region F is sending 12 member Incident Support Team to fill shifts on the 24th and 25th at Joplin Emergency Operations Center.   Team departed Region F at 0321 with an ETA in Joplin at 0600.

3 cadaver dogs arrived last night, with another 3 to arrive this morning.

Working with K-9 search and rescue requests from Region C. MOTF1 and KC assets are actively searching in the affected area. MOTF1's base of operations is at Indiana Ave and East 20th. Arkansas and Oklahoma also have state USAR teams on site. Tulsa IMT and SWMO IST are sharing responsibilities at Joplin. The EOC is working in coordination with Joplin EMD and Joplin FD. Eureka FD K-9's are also working with Joplin FD. There are reports of numerous self deployed fire and search resources, however a comprehensive resource status is not available for self deployed or local mutual aid assets. Monitoring search and rescue needs. Mo Task Force 1 en route (85 members, 4 dogs, heavy equipment)...KC fire heavy rescue en route.  In-region resources on scene; Region D Incident Support Team on site. Logan-Rogersville and Springfield Fire Search &Rescue assets on scene.
 
Division of Fire Safety Investigators Robbie Sterner and Randy Sweet in Joplin PD EOC to assist.
 
Region I and Region C S&R assets are on standby at this time.
 
Mutual aid assets staging area is Middle School on 50th Street.
 
Bob Patterson with St. John's is EMS coordinator in EOC.

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 will be operating 24 hours a day until further notice.

ESF #6: Four people were housed overnight at the American Red Cross (ARC) shelter in Sedalia (First United Methodist Church, 1701 W 32nd St) on May 25. The shelter population in Jasper County (Joplin) was down to 270 overnight.

There has not been a request for shelter assistance in the Sedalia area, but the Red Cross is preparing to assist if needed.  Department of Social Services (DSS) staff working with American Red Cross (ARC) at the ARC Shelter at Missouri Southern. New shelter opened at McAuley Catholic High School (930 S Pearl Ave, Joplin) to house 100+ evacuees from the Whispering Pine Senior Living Center and any other community residents affected by the tornado. The four shelters opened as a result of the Joplin tornado reported a midnight population of approximately 500, and the two shelters opened as a result of flooding have a midnight population of 17. There are two new shelters opened. One is the 1st Baptist Church (904 Oneida St., Seneca, MO) and the other is in Hollister at the Salvation Army (1114 Stanley Blvd, Hollister, MO). Red Cross has established a website for blood donations in the impacted area. They are looking for a larger warehouse for food and water storage. There are three shelters in place with a population of 178 people. United Way has received 1142 calls. Shelter at 701 S. Maiden Ln. in Joplin housing 34 people. Shelter at Missouri Southern State Univeristy at 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center housing 143 people. Shelter at 4311 E. Newman Rd in Joplin has an unspecified number of people, not answering phone.
Locating a larger warehouse for unsolicited donations. Monitoring shelter populations. Spontaneous pet shelters are going up. A synopsis of the current messaging in relation to Mass Care and Volunteers:
 
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: Processed requests for generators (Joplin Public Works, 2; Dept of Mental Health (DMH), 1 for Prescription Registration Center in Joplin; Sarcoxie, 2 for community center), and fuel (process put in place on fuel routes to supply generators as needed. Ice resource request for Sarcoxie was canceled because power was restored. Identified potential warehouse space across southwest MO to handle donations for ESF 6. Identifying a warehouse location for ESF #6. Working on requests for ice and generators. Working with surrounding states to locate additional cadaver dogs. EMAC urban search and rescue deployment contracts end on Thursday so a decision will be made on whether or not to extend the request for the same teams, bring in additional assets, or dismiss them altogether. Working requests for oxygen bottles through DHSS and generator related issues.  Resourced 20 light towers to Joplin. 10 of these towers are on site and 5 will arrive shortly. Resourced two generators for Sarcoxie. Currently working on EMAC requests. There have been three EMAC requests so far; One for information only, one for a USAR Team request, and one for an ambulance strike team.

ESF #8: The Dept of Mental Health (DMH) opened up a new local crisis and coordination phone line, (417) 347-7070, at Ozark Mental Health.  A 50-bed Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) scheduled to arrive in Joplin on Thursday, and the Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT) began setting up in Joplin and working on victim ID. State and local public health departments conducting sanitation inspections of food preparation, retail, and feeding sites, with the first priority being shelters and mobile first responder feeding sites, followed by restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail sites). All sites are anticipated to be inspected at least once, and some twice, by the end of the week. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA), is in Joplin to inspect 30 food processing/storage and medical device facilities. ESF 8 staff continue to track patients transported to hospitals and other medical facilities outside of Joplin. Jasper County and Joplin Public Health Departments continue to offer and administer Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccinations. Working on getting a mobile medical unit to Joplin to assist the hospital. A portable morgue is now in place. Mental Health has two crisis counselors in place. Mental health is attempting to coordinate with local faith based groups. 1000 tetanus shots will be in Joplin, and another 300 in Jasper county. These shots are available to the general public at the Joplin Health Dept and the Jasper county health dept. Disaster Morgue will be operational today, no address is known yet. Mental Health reports they are trying to locate individuals that they currently provide service to. They are asking these people to contact the 1-800 Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 1-800-494-7355. Public Health has administered 15 tetanus shots. Currently working resource requests. Two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are moving into Joplin to assist.

ESF #10: The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was notified of hazmat spills that resulted from tractor trailers damaged by the tornado in Sedalia, and is monitoring the cleanup. The spills (primarily diesel fuel, oil, and antifreeze) were relatively small restricted to the immediate area. DNR and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed site assessments for 22 hazmat facilities, and reported that no major issues were found.  DNR and EPA are contacting Tier 2 facilities. Planning to begin air monitoring for asbestos in the Joplin area. EPA has confirmed RMP facilities are secure, as are radiological facilities. Tier 2 facilities will be checked next. There has been one confirmed anhydrous ammonia release of 3000-5000 pounds that occurred in east Joplin, which has been contained. EPA is en route to support assessment and response. Identifying RMP and Tier Two facilities , including UST and AST locations, and working with the Dept. of Agriculture Weights and Measures to determine if there have been any Hazmat releases. They are creating staging areas for disposal and cleanup of household chemicals.

ESF #11: There are four poultry houses that have possibly been damaged.

ESF #12 Ameren reported power outages of 839, New Mac less than 50, and Empire Electric 11,500. Power was restored to Granby and Diamond once the 12kV circuits were repaired. KCPL is sending 60 people today to assist with restoring power to several major areas in Joplin. 8 major fuel distributors in Joplin have experienced extensive damage and have made arrangements for fuel trucks to be moved into the area. 26th and Pearl substation was destroyed by tornado. KCP&L is sending 45 linemen today, and another 45 after storms pass through the Kansas City area.
AT&T reports 4700 customers out of service. Empire reports storms in the area is hampering efforts. Distribution assessment is beginning today and will continue into Tuesday morning. First mutual aid call was held today. There are 45 Empire linemen  and 15 tree trimmers on site and 206 contract lineman are on the way or on site. They have 30 ground work and debris removal contractor workers and an Empire liaison is assigned to the Joplin EOC. Reports that there are 20,000 out of electricity. Contractors are coming in to assess the damage to the hospital. Power has been restored to the Freeman Hospital. MGE's office and operations facilities in Joplin were not damaged, however they have reported several gas releases.

MGE shut-off 6 district regulator stations that supplied (fed) natural gas to 2 distribution systems (at this time they do not have a count on the number of customers that were shut off). Leaking gas from one of their regulator stations caught fire and they had to dig up the piping away from the station and shut-off the natural gas underground. MGE's 2-way radio communications are coming back.  Land line, cellular telephone, and their 2-way radios were out for a time last night and then cell phone service was spotty.  They had walkie-talkies donated and had to use those for communication.  MGE had personnel in the emergency command center set-up by Joplin and were receiving leak reports from various emergency responders, other utilities, and the public into the command center and dispatching personnel for the command center until communications improved.

No damage to any AT&T Central Offices, all are on commercial power. Communications to St. John's Hospital are greatly limited. A total of 6 cell sites are impacted. 1 is physically damaged the others are believed to be power or transport related. 1 of the sites is at St. John's hospital. We are deploying a satellite COLT there. Further assessments are being made for resolution.
22 RTs are currently down, 20 RTs are on generators that have been deployed and 35 RTs are on battery.  Some of these sites are not yet accessible as the power company has not yet declared the areas safe. Outside plant personnel are currently conducting damage assessment for OOS conditions and will report when completed.

Public Service Commission reports that telephone contact with Empire Gas is very sporadic making outage information difficult to obtain.

ESF #13: Assist and manning access and control points with a change out of mutual partners at 6am.The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) has 133 troops deployed to Joplin. Joplin Police Department (PD) requested supplement of 20 officers per 12-hour shift (to total 80 officers per shift); MSHP is coordinating with the Missouri Sheriff's Association to provide the additional officers. Providing relief to local law enforcement. Assisting with checkpoints. There are currently 110 troopers and a mobile command vehicle with 4 communications personnel on scene. Continuing to augment Joplin Police Department. Troop D is managing the outer perimeters and providing handouts to people at check points. MSHP handled one request for natural gas link at the Elks Lodge (west of St John's hospital).  Made direct contact with MO Energy who sent a response team to the area.   MSHP has assigned troopers from other regions to respond to Joplin.  There are currently 51 troopers and a mobile command vehicle with 4 communications personnel on scene or en route. They are currently assessing the needs for the morning and will be sending 19 more officers tomorrow.

ESF #14: Reported to State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).

ESF #15: 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…) Releasing information for individuals who need replacement food stamps. Public Information Officers from the Dept. of Health, Corrections, and MSHP have been staffing the JIC today. There have been about 100 media inquiries. Has requested a Public Information Officer from the Dept. of Health to assist with media calls.

ESF #16: Transitioning from search and rescue and cleanup to a security mission, working with MSHP on access control, and roving control. Missouri National Guard is augmenting law enforcement with a total of 200 troops deployed. MO National Guard (MONG) currently has 213 troops assisting the MO State Highway Patrol (MSHP). Assisting ESF #6 to transport a mobile medical unit from Taney County to Joplin.There are 217 soldiers total working the disaster. There are currently 200 troops on alert. National Guard leadership is on the ground in Joplin and are in direct coordination with civilian authorities at the county and state level.

ESF #17: An increase in pop-up animal shelters is being found and the animals are being transported to Joplin. The current animal shelter population is 289. There are two animal shelters set up. Supporting shelters and assessing where needs are currently.

FEMA – Will have an ESF #10 representative at SEMA today. The Corps of Engineers is working with    FEMA and the Joplin EOC.

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