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Tornado Prep!

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TORNADO! The most destructive tornado in US history was the Tri-State tornado in 1925 The death toll for the Tri-State tornado was 695 people or more, and there was at least $16.5 million in property damage. This is the tornadoes path through three states. (1925 Tri-State Tornado Web Site-- Tornado Track) The April 26, 1989 Bangladesh tornado killed over 1300 people, and injured over 12,000 people. Cities were leveled leaving over 80,000 people homeless. (Worldwide Tornadoes-- Bangledesh) * I was unable to find the cost in damages but it is said to be one of the most expensive tornadoes in Bangladesh's history The Joplin tornado on May 22, 2011 killed 157 people and injured over 1,000. Cost of damage= $2.8 billion or more (2011 Tornado Information, 2012) Intervention #1 Prepare emergency food, water and supplies Buy enough food to sustain four people for three days, and fill enough water jugs for 7 days. Costs:
Water- buy or recycle jugs in which you can fill with your home’s tap water if its potable.
Food- $50+
First-Aid- a single kit is around $20 Is it worth the cost? Yes the benefit of having food, water, and first-aid materials to stay living until help comes outweighs the time, effort and cost of this technique. What is the benefit? If someone who practiced this preparedness technique survived the initial shock of the tornado, then this would sustain them till help comes. (Basic Disaster Supplies Kit) Intervention #2 A safe-shelter The safe shelter is a room in which can withstand high winds and is secured to the ground. The average cost of a basic safe shelter is around 1500-2000 dollars what is the benefit? The safe shelter would protect 4-8 people from high winds and the tornado. (Frequently Asked Questions) Is it worth the cost? This pie chart shows the results of a survey asking people if they’d buy a safe shelter for emergencies; the red represents the people who whole-heartedly would buy one. The safe shelters can typically house 4 people comfortably without issue along with the supplies, that is. (Don Markle) Yes, I believe that the benefit is worth the cost. Intervention #3 Get Educated! Have a Plan. Having a plan may be one of the most important tornado preparedness steps and overall disaster preparedness steps. The plan must consist of a warning signal (battery powered radio with a pack of backup batteries), a place for your family to meet up at somewhere primarily underground or close to it with your survival supplies (safe shelter) and an overall knowledge class or seminar to teach about tornado safety. Also, tornado drills would be beneficial to ensure that everyone knows what to do when the time comes. (Why Talk About Tornadoes?) Cost:
Radio and batteries- $20

Plan to meet- nothing, just talk.

Seminar to teach/inform- this could be a sort of homeschooling session for one day

Drills- no cost, just 30 minutes or so of time once a month

What is the Benefit?
Being educated about the type of storm and what its capable of is very important. In the end if someone is naïve and doesn’t know what to do in the case of an emergency, it may be a matter of life or death. Is it worth the cost?

Definitely. All this ‘intervention’ is is planning, research, and buying just a radio and batteries. If you went into the wild would you rather be clueless about your situation or educated? Why prepare for a tornado? How can it help with preparations for other disasters? By understanding the high winds of this disaster and preparing for them, you in turn prepare for hurricanes, tsunamis, and wind storms. By having and/or building a safe shelter with food, water, and aid supply you are also prepared for any disaster natural or man-made. Making a disaster plan with your family is key for all disasters, most of the time, the plan can be the same. Find a place to meet and be educated on the storm. Bibliography! 1925 tri-State Tornado Web Site-- Tornado Track. (n.d.). Retrieved from NDAA: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/?n=1925tor
2011 Tornado Information. (2012, March 20). Retrieved from NOAA : http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/2011_tornado_information.html
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit. (n.d.). Retrieved from FEMA: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
Don Markle, L. N. (n.d.). In Home Protection Against High Winds. Retrieved from Blue Sky Foundation of North Carolina: http://www.bluesky-foundation.net/studyguides/DecisionGuide_v5.6.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions. (n.d.). Retrieved from Big Storm Shelters: http://www.biggsstormshelters.com/faq.html
Why Talk About Tornadoes? (n.d.). Retrieved from Disaster Center: http://www.disastercenter.com/guide/tornado.html
Worldwide Tornadoes-- Bangledesh. (n.d.). Retrieved from Tornado Project: http://www.tornadoproject.com/alltorns/bangladesh.htm

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