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Tornadoes in the US: Storm Preparedness and Mental Health Response after Natural Disasters

Tornadoes ripped through Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa in the past month month, leaving 16 people dead and homes, businesses, and schools completely leveled. The event was classified as an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which uses an assessment of the damages caused to classify the wind speed of a tornado. This storm comes only three years after one of the deadliest tornado events ever recorded killed 348 people in the South and Midwest, a region known as Tornado Alley.  Historically, the US is seeing an upward trend in annual tornadoes.

 

Annual Tornadoes 1950-2012_Goodland region

Enhanced Fujita Scale

(www.crh.noaa.gov)

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