ey had, including an F-3 in November 1973.
It also doesn’t mean they hadn’t prepared. Emergency responders and others had practiced. The fire department, police department, public works and county commissioners responded quickly, he said.
The emergency management director leaned forward when asked, "What’s changed since May 3, 1999?”
"May 3rd kind of got people serious about weather radios,” he said. "And we’ve got tons more storm shelters with the FEMA program after May 3rd and again after May 8.”
In 1999, Moore had 12 warning sirens. Now, the city has 33, including 21 that not only have "alerting tones” but can carry verbal warnings. The sirens undergo an internal test at 5 each morning. Three more units will be ordered next month.
Also today, he has several computer monitors allowing him to watch radars from the National Weather Service and television stations. He also has about 25 mobile storm spotters from Moore and works with other spotters in Norman.
"I can’t keep a storm from happening,” he said. "But as long as I can make sure that the people that are here survive and get recovered back to their normal state of affairs to where they’re not thinking about me, or thinking about tornadoes, that’s my goal. And, I think we’ve achieved that.
"I hope we have.”