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-- his condolences this morning in a phone call to Missouri governor Jay Nixon.
The White House says the president has ordered FEMA to coordinate disaster relief assistance efforts.
Joining us on the phone right now is governor Nixon.
First of all governor our condolences on the major losses to the people of the state of Missouri we're so sorry for what everybody's dealing with.
They're very act request twelve hours ex significant damage and devastation we've got a number of spoke standard test or want it both are.
Fire department guys -- search and rescue while the weather is bad right now we still believe their lives to be -- are gonna continue to work to rubble to make sure that we save as many people possible.
Tell us about the resource is that you put in place to try to find those people who may still be trapped.
Well because the communications.
Breakdown last night -- the word the -- -- on the ground seventeenth cell towers.
Smashed -- -- in operable we moved down I would echo communications center.
Well first responders have pretty good.
Ability communicate down there right now we have a -- simply forty separate units including fire department can't city.
As well task force -- with the stocks searched or for letting folks we've opened up shelters will for folks who were alcohol would also with the hospital getting -- directly.
We're triage folks -- way to Springfield bottom line is we are.
In a very significant search and rescue effort now that to a huge debris field trying to make sure we we -- get through to -- anybody -- What did you tell President Obama you need -- governor Nixon.
Well right now at -- -- -- could hear the president it's always good ability but gonna backus up we're we're our our first responders -- working.
Feverishly now we'll bring yen -- folks around around the state until we get through that part.
You know we're focused on on getting over every square inch of that area to see if there any people down in the 2000 buildings that have been destroyed by the so.
Governor Nixon are you confident that the tornado warning system that your state has in place gave people.
-- enough notice I was reading earlier today an account from one of the nurses in the hospital that we're looking at right now.
Saying that they were told that there were twenty minutes they had twenty minutes to start moving the patients have been five minutes later the storm actually came and hit what happened.
-- the there were about seventeen minutes from when that was first siren went off to wanted to get.
The storm basically developed right there and it was so loud and -- so much rain and wind at the same time.
It's extremely difficult to hear any thing.
-- the first.
Sound well seventeen -- but when you're in a place where a tornado literally developing over the top of it.
This isn't like it a tornado that that.
Had a long path of 5020 miles -- and -- Literally developed right there as the as the the winds.
Accelerate right over that that downtown area.
Governor wanna let you go with and you've got a lot on your plate today but people around the country watching this right now they wanna help Americans.
Love to help out their fellow Americans what can they do.
By the Red Cross is always except shelter without our faith based initiative runs.
Very effectively down here folks want to help.
Should should make sure that they're assisting the Red Cross.
And as the day moves on and we get to -- you take care of people that are that are -- will be caught on more people from the region around the country help this beat that that the.
-- and our thoughts and prayers as is everyone in your state Jay Nixon the governor of Missouri thanks so much for your time sir good luck --
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