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Tornados and the Public

I need help with the following questions.

Tornadoes are a frequent occurrence in the United States, especially in the heartland of America.

1. After reading the related article about tornadoes, examine the impact of a specific tornado.
2. Was the community/public prepared before the event?
3. What happened after the event?
4. What could've been done differently.

I need to keep the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) in mind while formulating your response.

Lastly, I need to summarize the event in 2-3 sentences, and identify a specific event and to provide a link to the story.

See the following references:

Recovering from tornadoes Self-sufficient Arkansas (2007), The Economist. Retrieved November 21, 2012 from:
Tornados (2012). Federal Emergency Management Agency, Retrieved November 21, 2012 from:

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Tornados and the Public

On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri was ravaged by an EF5 tornado; an EF5 tornado is the most destructive rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. To give a frame of reference to the enormity of this disaster, one must realize that since the inception of the Fujita scale in 1950, only 59 EF5 tornados have been recorded ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2013). The tornado caused 158 fatalities and over 1000 injuries (Wheatley, 2013).

The Joplin tornado highlights the disconnect that exists between the federal National Weather Service (NWS), its regional Weather Forecast Offices and local authorities (Joplin, MO, 2014). A NOAA report after the tornado acknowledged that the communication systems and methods of dissemination were outdated and the integration was not seamless ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides a review of the Joplin, MO tornado in relationship to the NHSS.