Food Safety Website

Don’t be left in the dark about food safety when the power goes out

When the power goes out, the clock starts ticking on the safety of your refrigerated and frozen foods. Meats, seafood, ice cream, cut produce and even leftover pizza can become susceptible to foodborne contaminants in just a few hours, said Londa Nwadike, food safety extension specialist for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University. […]

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Audio: La Nina weather pattern could mean even greater chance of severe weather, flooding in Missouri this season

A La Nina weather pattern is in motion and Alex Elmore a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in St. Louis says La Nina could lead to an even greater potential for severe weather.     With the potential to have an increased severe weather pattern this spring, Elmore says the flooding risk is also […]

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Farm Bureau asks for more time to apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

American Farm Bureau is asking USDA to extend the February 26th deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. In a letter to new Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall says suspending CFAP3 pending regulatory review has created confusion for farmers and ranchers with respect to eligibility and the application process. The […]

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Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill set for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM, State Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will conduct a Statewide Severe Weather Tornado Drill.   Every school, citizen, and business are encouraged to participate in the drill.   The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill will issue a test tornado warning as part of the drill.  Local warning […]

Evergy Website

Evergy resumes normal operations after severe weather event

Evergy has resumed normal operations after severe weather created stress on the regional power grid for most of the week. The company was asked to implement controlled, temporary emergency electricity reductions Monday and Tuesday. The Southwest Power Pool has returned to “Conservative Operations,” which means customer requests for conservation are no longer needed. Evergy continues […]

Evergy Website

Southwest Power Pool lifts requirements for electricity reductions; Evergy to restore power to affected customers as soon as possible

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) lifted its requirement for the current emergency electricity reductions. Evergy will be restoring power to affected customers as soon as possible. The SPP continues to operate under emergency energy alerts as extended cold temperatures continue to strain the regional power grid, so may request additional outages as the severe weather […]

Severe Weather

Audio: National Weather Service in Springfield issued five Tornado Warnings on Saturday

Saturday’s severe storms and hail across the Ozarks prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) in Springfield to issue five tornado warnings.     January tornado warnings are rare in Missouri. NWS Springfield officials tell Missourinet there were no deaths nor serious injuries, and there are no reports of damage at this time. Southwest Missouri’s Joplin, […]

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Website

More than $9 million in grants approved for six Missouri school districts to provide protection against tornados

The State Emergency Management Agency announced more than $9 million in grant funding has been approved to build tornado safe rooms in six Missouri school districts. The federal grants for school districts in Dunklin, Henry, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright counties will pay for 90 percent of the cost of the safe rooms, which are […]

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri

$6 million in grant funding awarded to 13 Missouri health centers impacted by severe weather in 2019

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), welcomed the Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement that 13 Missouri health centers impacted by severe weather in 2019 will receive a total of nearly $6 million in grant funding. The Capital Assistance for Disaster Response […]

Audio: Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal to bring widespread rain, possible severe weather to north Missouri

The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are moving into Missouri, prompting watches. The National Hurricane Center said in its 4 a.m. update the center of the storm is about 80 miles southeast of Springfield, Mo., and has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. A flash flood watch is in effect for areas in and near […]

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Tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday morning

This is Severe weather awareness week for Missouri and as such, Missouri State Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will hold the annual tornado drill Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020. The drill is scheduled for 10 o’clock Tuesday morning and Grundy County’s Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports the city of Trenton will participate […]

Tax deadline looms Monday, April 18

Audio: The IRS has extended tax relief for Missouri farmers in 69 counties

The Internal Revenue Service has extended tax relief for Missouri farmers in 69 counties.     The IRS announcement is in response to drought, flooding and severe weather that forced farmers to sell off livestock. Qualified farmers and ranchers whose drought-sale replacement period was scheduled to expire on December 31, 2019, now have until the […]

Safe Room for Tornado Safety

Missouri schools build “Safe Rooms” for shelter from tornadoes

The Joplin School District has built 14 safe rooms since 2011, when a deadly tornado killed 161, to shelter students and community residents when the next tornado strikes. The safe rooms, constructed to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency specifications, provide near-absolute protection against injury or death in extreme weather events. Made of reinforced concrete and […]

Disaster Relief

Disaster unemployment benefits available to flood and tornado victims in six additional Missouri counties

An additional six counties have been added to the list of 20 Missouri counties already declared as major disasters. The declaration and yesterday’s amendment allow Missourians in those 26 counties whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that began April 29, 2019, and continuing, to apply for up to […]

Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA teams canvassing disaster-designated counties to assist survivors

FEMA outreach teams will begin canvassing Missouri communities affected by the flooding and severe weather in the 20 counties included in this week’s federal disaster declaration to help impacted Missourians register for federal disaster assistance. The teams, known as Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs), are working in counties designated as federal disaster areas to assist […]

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Audio: Graves says some land in his district has been underwater for nearly 4-months

Northern Missouri Congressman Sam Graves says some grounds in his district have been underwater for nearly four months. During a U.S. House subcommittee hearing this week, Graves says virtually every levee from Iowa to Kansas City overtopped or breached in March, and again in May and June.     Graves says he thinks the overall […]

Tax deadline looms Monday, April 18

Audio: IRS offers tax relief for Missouri severe weather victims

Another federal agency is stepping up to help Missouri’s severe weather victims.     The Internal Revenue Service announced it plans to offer tax relief for those suffering from the severe weather and flooding following President Trump’s declaration of Missouri’s disaster areas. They are offering to postpone tax deadlines and to waive fines for those […]