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Listen, Act and Live! Get Ready for Tornadoes, Joplin Missouri

May 22, 2011....one of the deadliest tornados in U.S. history strikes Joplin, Missouri directly killing 159 people and injuring over 1,000. The massive EF-5 with winds over 200 mph hit the city of more than 50,000. Despite the tornado warnings why there were so many deaths? A National Weather Service study on the Joplin tornado reveals important lessons learned:

  • A majority of residents did not immediately seek shelter when tornado warnings were issued.
  • People needed between two and nine risk signals to take action and seek shelter. For example, if they heard the sirens going off they would look in the sky, then go to a TV to get information and then call a friend, etc.
  • The time it took between the warning and the search for confirmation of risk cost lives.

Click Here to View Full Report: NWS Central Region Service Assessment Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Ė May 22, 2011

Click here to watch Listen, Act and Live public service announcement

What can you do?

  • Listen: When severe weather is possible (Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch issued) pick a credible source of information and keep in touch with that source until the danger has past. One of the best tools is a NOAA Weather Radio (also know as an Emergency Weather Radio). Click here for more information on NOAA Weather Radios
  • Act: When you hear a tornado warning (tornado seen by spotters or detected on radar) seek the best shelter you can find immediately. Donít waste time checking multiple sources of information. You may have only seconds to find a safe place. Click here for more information on best shelter
  • Live: Your chances of survival multiply. Hopefully the storm will pass with no damage. But donít risk your life on a hope.

Get Ready for Tornadoes Here are some Severe Weather Fast Facts:

  • Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.

  • In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six during the night of August 6-7 when an EF2, hit near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties injuring two residents.

  • In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Service, the fourth highest number on record. The earliest outbreak occurred on April 10th. On August 19th, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. Five others were injured in 2011. Click here for more in-depth stats from the National Weather Service.

  • In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.

  • The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.

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