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The EF4 multiple vortex tornado that touched down in Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011 was part of the largest tornado outbreak in United States History. 358 tornadoes were spawned from a vicious weather pattern that lasted from April 25-28th of 2011, killing 324 people across six states. In Tuscaloosa alone, 64 people were killed, including six University of Alabama students, and 1,500 people were injured as the tornado made its way up to the suburbs of Birmingham for more than 40 minutes.
April is tornado awareness month, and to bring attention to the cause, National Storm Shelters is revisiting tornado recovery efforts across America with a new blog series.
In light of these predictions, we want to ensure that our friends, family and customers are prepared for the threat of severe weather. Please take a moment to download our free storm preparedness checklist. This resource walks you through the creation of an emergency kit and provides helpful tips on storm saftey.
Once you have an emergency preparedness plan ready for your family, it’s important to make sure your “furry family members” have one too.
In this video, National Storm Shelters president Jeff Turner gives you four tornado safety tips to prepare for tornado season 2014.
You may have been under many tornado warnings in the past without a glimpse of an actual funnel cloud, but that doesn’t mean you are out of harms way. Tornadoes do not always take a perfect funnel shape and they can easily be hidden by heavy rainfall or by the darkness of night. Since they can change direction at any time, you must always consider yourself in the path of a tornado if a warning has been issued.
Before storm season hits, start by taking an inventory of the items in your home with the following steps:
The National Weather Service reports that 898 tornadoes killed 55 people in the U.S. last year and caused billions of dollars in damages.
You should become familiar with what a tornado is and what to do before, during and after a tornado has occurred. If you live in a very tornado-prone area, it is important to know what to do if you find yourself in the path of one. It's equally important to have an emergency supply kit prepared in advance so that you and your family are Red Cross Ready before disaster strikes.
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