Gov. Nixon extends declaration of emergency

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has extended the declaration of emergency for the state until September 15, 2011 to continue providing residents and communities with assistance and resources .

Executive Order 11-19 not only extends the declaration of emergency so that the state of Missouri can help meet local needs in responding to the severe weather and flooding. It also extends several previous executive orders from Gov. Nixon to assist the state, according to the governor.

Among other provisions, the executive order extends:

  • The authority of the Department of Natural Resources to waive specific solid waste and air pollution regulations, giving residents and communities in the state additional flexibility in cleaning up from severe weather, tornadoes and flooding.
  • An earlier order that waives the regular state fees for duplicate or replacement motor vehicle or identification documents for Missourians affected by the Joplin tornado. People affected by the tornado now will have until Sept. 15 to get those replacement documents without any state fees being charged.
  • A previous executive order that provides the State Board of Pharmacy and the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with authority to temporarily waive or suspend rules or regulations under their purview in order to best serve the interests of public health and safety.

Gov. Nixon also has issued Executive Order 11-20 to help Missourians recovering from the Joplin tornado.

Under the order, the Department of Insurance is directed to enforce several provisions of the order designed to protect policy holders from cancellation or refusal to renew property insurance policies in Jasper and Newton counties.

Earlier this month, Gov. Nixon issued an executive order to open the State of Missouri Resource, Recovery & Rebuilding Center as a one-stop shop for Joplin-area residents who have been affected by the tornado and who need assistance with temporary housing, unemployment assistance, driver's licenses and other identification cards, and other issues.

The center is located at 705 Illinois Avenue, Building A, Suite 12 in Joplin.

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