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National tornado summit begins Sunday in Oklahoma City

Tornado summit in Oklahoma will focus on topics related to severe storms.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm •  Published: March 11, 2013

The National Tornado Summit is scheduled for Sunday through Tuesday at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The intent of the summit is to help improve disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in order to save lives and property in the United States.

For the public

From 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, the summit will feature a weather fair titled “Our Weather, Your Life” at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

This is intended to be an interactive trade show to educate and inform the public about protecting their family and property in the wake of severe weather. The Sunday weather fair is open to the public.

Whether it's a front-row seat at a storm chasing seminar or a moment inside the tornado simulator, there are numerous activities for visitors at Sunday's weather fair. Meteorologists, storm chasers and emergency responders will take turns on the main stage, explaining their role in severe weather preparedness, mitigation and response and sharing dramatic storm videos.

Presenters also will be available to answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs.

Attendees can also get an up-close look at the Dominator 2, a storm research vehicle that drives head-on into danger to gather crucial information about tornadoes. Its unique design offers protection from flying debris, hurricane-force winds and damaging hail. Storm chasing and disaster response vehicles will also be on display.

Insurance industry, weather experts

The summit will include a three-day trade show for conference attendees who are in the insurance industry and those who are weather experts. Those individuals will also have an opportunity to attend general sessions with presentations on crisis and disaster communications, business and home safety, disaster stress, and reinsurance.

For more information

For more information about the National Tornado Summit, go to

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