Posted by: Beth Freeman, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region VII
On behalf of everyone at FEMA, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed and injured by tornadoes this evening in southwest Missouri. Also, I would like to commend the ongoing work of local and state first responders for the measures taken in the aftermath of these storms to protect lives and provide immediate assistance during this very difficult time.
FEMA has been in constant contact with officials at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency since the severe weather hit. Earlier this evening, I spoke with state emergency management officials indicating the federal family stands ready to support the state in its response and recovery from this evening’s storms. FEMA placed personnel from our Kansas City regional office on alert and we stand ready to assist. Missouri residents should continue to listen to instructions from their local leaders on protecting life and property as response efforts continue.
Note: FEMA is also closely monitoring the tornadoes reported in other states this afternoon and during this weekend. In addition to Missouri, today tornadoes struck Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Reading, Kansas last night. Through our regional office in Kansas City, we will continue to work in constant coordination with the impacted states and stand ready to assist, as needed.
Tornado watches remain in effect tonight for many states across the U.S. If you live in one of these states, remember to follow the instructions of state and local officials and listen to local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information. We urge all individuals to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and their local news to monitor for updates and directions provided by their local officials.