Tornado Weather Response Past, Present, and Future

On this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we take a look at the history of tornado response in the U.S. and how the difficult lessons learned in those major responses improved systems across the country. Joining the show is disaster weather expert and meteorologist Kyle Nelson, returning guest and meteorologist Becky DePodwin (@wx_becks on Twitter), and Oklahoma paramedic and emergency management operations expert Chris Prutzman.

We talk about the May 3, 1999 tornado to hit the Oklahoma City region that was recorded by the TV crews of the Paramedics television show. Several lessons were learned during that event and Chris talks about how he landed in a new job and was thrown into the middle of the response soon after.

Individual systems can prepare for a more resilient community by employing training and response standards like the incident command system (ICS). Regular training and community education events are also good ideas to keep people engaged with what they can do to better prepare individually.

Tornados in the mid-Atlantic region happen more frequently than we think. Check out this article from 2017 in the Washington Post making the assumption that tornadoes don’t happen too frequently.

Also on this episode are co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley.

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