Natural Disaster Resources
The information included on this website is designed to help in cleaning up homes and communities that have been affected by drought, floods, severe weather and other natural disasters. If your questions are not addressed by the information below, please call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827.
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Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-08 – May 21, 2019
Order declares a state of emergency and authorizes the use of state agencies to provide assistance, as needed.
Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-07 – April 30, 2019
Order extends Department of Natural Resources’ authority to ease requirements for flood recovery
Governor Parson signed Executive Order 19-05 – March 29, 2019
In addition to his recent flood-related state of emergency declaration, Governor Mike Parson on March 29 signed Executive Order 19-06 giving the Department of Natural Resources discretionary authority to temporarily waive or suspend any department regulation to best serve the interests of public health and safety during the current flooding and subsequent recovery period.
- Governor Parson Declares State of Emergency in Response to Severe Weather and Ongoing Flooding – May 21, 2019
- President Trump Approves Governor Parson’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration for Missouri – May 20, 2019
- Governor Parson Visits St. Louis to Assess Flooding Impact – May 8, 2019
- Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 19-07 to Ease Requirements for Flood Recovery – April 20, 2019
- Governor Parson Requests Federal Disaster Declaration in Response to Flooding – April 24, 2019
- In Flood Recovery Meetings, Governor Parson Says Request for Federal Disaster Declaration Will Likely Come Next Week – April 18, 2019
- Governor Parson Requests U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Manage Missouri River for Flood Control, Navigation – April 17, 2019
- Department waives waste disposal and treatment rules to ease flood burden – April 2, 2019
- Governor Parson Signs Executive Order 19-06 – March 29, 2019
- EPA Assessing Superfund Sites in Midwest Flood Zone – March 26, 2019
- Missouri State Parks offers free camping for Missouri residents displaced by flooding – March 22, 2019
- Governor Parson Declares State of Emergency in Missouri in Response to Flooding – March 21, 2019
- Executive Order 19-05 – March 21, 2019
- As Spring rains arrive, so do the risks associated with flood water, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services warns – March 18, 2019
- Governor Parson Encourages Missourians to Think Safety as Flooding Continues – March 18, 2019
- Governor Parson Meets with Emergency Management Team as Flooding Impacts More of State; Missourians Urged to Take Protective Actions – March 15, 2019
Unlike other natural disasters (e.g., tornadoes, thunderstorms, ice storms), severe flooding usually can be predicted, giving those in the affected areas the opportunity to prepare. You can take steps to minimize the environmental effects if exposed to flood waters. Find the latest conditions and resources available at dnr.mo.gov/flood.
Cleanup Guidance Fact Sheets
Pharmaceutical Take Back Programs are always the best option, however, if there is not one in your area, please see this publication -- Proper Disposal of Household Pharmaceutical Waste, Brochure – PUB2291
Check with the department’s nearest regional office for details on how wastes shall be handled before implementing any of these special practices. A list of regional offices is found in this document and on the web at dnr.mo.gov/regions.
Landowners may contact their local county soil and water conservation district office for additional information and assistance. During wet weather periods, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations may experience high manure storage levels for extended periods of time that can risk discharges that must be prevented. Planning ahead and being prepared for these situations is paramount. Learn more about Wet Weather Management Practices for CAFOs – PUB2422. During a natural disaster, the highest priority is protection of human life and safety. As soon as the immediate threat is over, animal producers must address the disaster’s effects on their animals and property. Learn more about Disaster-Related Animal Production Mortalities Emergency Procedures.
Extra precaution should be taken when handling asbestos-containing debris. Open burning is the burning of any materials in which air contaminants are emitted directly into the air without first passing through a stack or chimney. The open burning fact sheet summarizes allowable and prohibited open burning under Missouri regulations.
Individuals whose homes or drinking water that may have been affected by a natural disaster can learn tips for Restoring Drinking Water or learn how to flush and disinfect their water lines. Additional information is also available from the Department of Health and Senior Services on Water Quality on page 4, 5 and 6. Contact your drinking water system directly to determine if a boil water advisory has been issued. Boil water advisories are a precautionary public notice issued by public water systems if conditions at the system demonstrate a potential threat to public health. Boil water orders are issued by the department and order public water systems to notify their customers about the threat to public health.
Owners of private water wells should take precautions if the threat of flooding exists, and specific steps should be taken if water wells are impacted by flood waters. It is important to disinfect a water well if the well has been impacted by flood water, a water sample tests positive for bacteria, or when work on the well, such as a pump replacement or liner installation has been completed. The following links provide helpful guidance.
- Reducing the Impact of Flooding – Private Water Wells
- Disinfecting Your Water Well – Fact Sheet
- Disinfecting Your Water Well – Video
- Flooded Well Guidance – EPA
- Managing a Flooded Well – Water Systems Council
When Repairs are Needed
If repairs need to be made to the water well, hire a contractor to do the work. Contractors licensed to do business in Missouri may be found online by using mowells.
For more information about bacteriological testing for private drinking water please contact the following agencies:
The following information is intended to provide initial emergency guidance to the operators, owners and employees of both publicly and privately owned facilities that produce and distribute drinking water or collect and treat wastewater.
Find the latest drought conditions and resources available for drought assistance at dnr.mo.gov/drought.htm.
Before you visit a state park or historic site, be sure to check Missouri State Parks website to learn if there are any advisories or closings.
The department coordinates issues relating to major river basins that affect Missouri, and provides technical support for negotiations and litigation actions to protect the state’s rights to this water. Learn more about the Missouri River Flood Issues and Mississippi River Flood Issues. Or visit the River Observations.
Report any potential hazardous substance containers or propane tanks that have been affected by a natural disaster to the Department of Natural of Resources. Containers or tanks can also be reported by calling the department’s 24-hour emergency response line at 573-634-2436.
Missouri is no stranger to natural disasters. Disasters cause significant damage to property and life and require extensive recovery time. While disasters cannot be avoided, awareness of their potential impacts can allow communities to plan before, during and even after. Learn more about Geologic Mapping for Natural Disasters and Sinkholes and Sinkhole Mitigation.
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