About the warnings…
This is a very important point considering how many “they had little to no warning” comments are being made in the media. It’s not true.
One More Time: Moore Had Plenty of Warning by Mike Smith (Check out his book Warnings. I’ve read it and it’s a great read.)
Speaking for my family we knew 3-4 days before the event that the weather was going to be an issue. During tornado season I check the weather daily to see what is being forecast. I also can attest to the fact that the NWS did a bang up job. They put out warnings in a timely fashion which definitely saved lives.
They can’t force people to take shelter. At a certain point you have to take responsibility, watch the damned weather, and haul your ass to shelter!
The media should know that people who have just been through an extremely horrific event are in shock. They say things they might not actually mean. I’m sure there were some that didn’t know what was going on. But that is NOT the fault of the NWS. They and the local mets did an incredible job.
About those none existent shelters in Oklahoma…
I live in an apartment. I’d LOVE to see the pool dug up and a safe room put up in our courtyard. Honestly? I think it should be required in any apartment complex. Unfortunately they won’t allow me to turn our bathroom into a safe room.
I think people are missing one thing in all of this.
Yes, people died and it’s a tragedy.
But how many people survived?
People who didn’t have a safe room, basement, or shelter?
The people who crawl out of hallways, closets, and bathrooms are a miracle in my opinion considering how strong a tornado struck their homes.
That the death toll is not larger is a miracle.