A total of 267 tornadoes occurred across 25 states during May 2013, including the devastating EF5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, on the 20th causing an estimated $2 billion in property damage.
? Being prepared and acting quickly could be a matter of survival. This is critical during the threat of severe weather. In May 2013, tornadoes devastated portions of Oklahoma. This outbreak included the deadliest tornado of the year on May 20 in Moore, Oklahoma where an EF5 tornado struck (winds in excess of 200 mph). The Moore tornado is estimated to have caused approximately $2 billion in property damage.
? Be Alert! Listen to the weather forecast on radio or television. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio for weather updates and check for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your cell phone.
Being prepared is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and veer against damages caused by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
? Before storms strike, Be a Force of Nature and take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. These include developing a family communications plan, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved to make your community safe. Learn more… www.weather.gov