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State Emergency Operations Center Activated in Preparation for Winter Storm

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In response to a winter storm system that has the potential to bring freezing rain, sleet and snow to much of Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for 24-hour a day operations.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In response to a winter storm system that has the potential to bring freezing rain, sleet and snow to much of Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for 24-hour a day operations.

“This storm system could create hazardous conditions and potentially lead to power outages,” says Nixon in a press release. “The latest forecasts call for ice to accumulate in some areas before turning to sleet and snow, particularly in southeast Missouri. As we know from past winter storms, the best way to ensure safety is to plan ahead and avoid travel if possible. This also allows road crews to clear roads faster and speeds the response of emergency crews.”

In addition to SEOC operating around the clock, other state agencies have also worked to respond to the winter weather.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has extended shifts in areas expected to be affected with all four-wheel drive vehicles prepared to respond.

MoDOT is continuing to treat roads for snow and ice and has also shifted staff to areas expected to see the most impact.

Gov. Nixon encourages Missourians to take steps to protect themselves and their families, including:
 
  • Listen to radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information, or visit the state's Web site, MO.gov, for comprehensive emergency information.
  • If you must drive, check MO.gov for road conditions before departing. Dial the Missouri State Highway Patrol's emergency line -- *55  from a cellular phone - if you encounter an accident while driving.
  • Check on the elderly and neighbors who may be in need of additional assistance. For information about emergency services and resources, visit MO.gov.
Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service is now available for most areas of Missouri. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626.
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