Ten years after May 3 are we any safer?

By James Tyree Modified: May 1, 2009 at 2:45 pm •  Published: May 1, 2009
e “all-hazards” has been recently added to reflect its use in all types of public emergencies.

NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and its radios broadcast National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and even non-weather related alerts. Residents affected by this month’s wildfires, for instance, heard evacuation orders and other news.

Despite the advances in warning systems, Barnes said none are effective unless people take severe weather alerts seriously.

“Guarding against apathy and complacency is important, and recognizing that severe weather has more applications than tornadoes,” he said. “Three of the last four tornado events in central Oklahoma had been extremely fast with no warning, and it goes back to vigilance — don’t ignore thunderstorms. You just can’t take them for granted.”

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