Nixon Activates Guard in Response to Tornadoes

9 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, May 22 2011 May 22, 2011 Sunday, May 22, 2011 8:43:00 PM CDT May 22, 2011 in Breaking News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard following the deadly storms and tornadoes that have hit the southwest.

The governor also declared a state of emergency Sunday night. His office says that state and local law enforcement agencies are coordinating search and rescue and recovery operations in the stricken areas.

A massive tornado flattened a large area of the city of Joplin and heavily damaged St. John's Regional Medical Center. Nixon says the National Guard will help local law enforcement
with emergency coordination and recovery. He says Missouri's Disaster Medical Assistance Team is also heading to the area.

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