Hurricane Assistance and Camping for Evacuees

Camping for Evacuees

Missouri State Parks is offering free camping within our campgrounds to residents from Texas, Louisiana and Florida who have been displaced by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The offer extends to those who are already in Missouri State Parks campgrounds, as well as evacuees who may be migrating north seeking a place to stay.

Upon arrival at one of our state parks, residents will be asked to show their driver’s license to park staff, indicating they are Texas, Louisiana or Florida residents, and let staff know they have been impacted by Harvey or Irma. At that time, normal camping fees will be waived or a refund will be given if the campers have arrived after booking an advanced reservation. Texas, Louisiana and Florida residents will be allowed to stay up to 30 days in our campgrounds; longer stays will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For more information or to make an advanced reservation, click here.

Missouri State Parks Crews to Help with Storm Clean Up in Florida

Eighteen Missouri State Parks employees from across the state are on their way to Florida this week to help Florida’s state parks system with clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. According to initial reports, 168 of the state’s 174 state parks have been closed due to storm damage.

The Missouri crews will head to Tallahassee, Florida, on Tuesday where they will receive their work orders. They are taking a variety of equipment with them, such as loaders, road tractors, backhoes, chainsaws and trucks. Two Missouri State Park Rangers will provide asset security during the deployment. The crews are prepared to be out of state for up to two weeks.

A group of 50 Missouri Department of Transportation employees is also deploying to Florida to assist with storm cleanup in response to the State of Florida’s request for assistance from other states sent over the weekend.

Click the buttons for below for stories and pictures of their time in Florida.