A Missouri House committee formed to look into how the state handles natural disasters conducted its first public hearing today in Sedalia, nearly a month after a tornado there destroyed several mobile homes and damaged numerous businesses.
A newly created House committee will examine whether a special legislative session is needed to assist in the recovery from a deadly tornado in Joplin and flooding in southeastern Missouri.
The House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery was to make its recommendation by the end of July. The committee also was tasked with examining long-term recovery strategies and ways for Missouri to be better prepared for future natural disasters.
A report with those findings was to be submitted by the end of the year.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon talks with reporters following a tour of tornado damage in Sunset Hills, Missouri on Jan. 1, 2011. Nixon has asked the president to issue a disaster declaration for the area, along with others in Missouri. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)