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SEMA asks White House for assistance

March 13, 2006
By: Josh Kranzberg
State Capital Bureau

Last weekend's rash of tornadoes has forced state officials to ask for federal assistance.

Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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The State Emergency Manangement Agency drafted a federal Presidential disaster declaration for the state to send assistance to Missourians after tornadoes ripped through the state over the weekend. Governor Blunt is expected to sign the declaration and then send it to President Bush. Department of Public Safety Director, Mark James.

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Contents: "I received word from the governor's office that the governor was in conversation with the White House, so verbally at least, messages are being sent there of what our intentions are, and then, you know, the requisite paperwork will follow up."

SEMA director Ronald Reynolds says the response to the declaration takes about 24 hours. From the state Capitol, I'm Josh Kranzberg.

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Missouri's disaster agency is being very careful in responding to the tornadoes that hit Missouri last weekend.

Josh Kranzberg has more from the state Capitol.

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Even after all the criticism that surrounded FEMA after hurricane Katrina, the State Emergency Management Agency have asked for their help. SEMA director Ronald Reynolds says FEMA has been doing a good job.

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Contents: "I feel very confident, and I think part of that is because we have a very good working relationship with region seven in Kansas City. I was on the phone with the director yesterday, I was on the phone with him earlier this morning, whatever they could do to support us, they've committed to that, so I feel very confident in FEMA."

The latest counts have the tornadoes killing nine and damaging 198 homes. From Jefferson City, I'm Josh Kranzberg.