September 23, 2020
On May 3, 1999, Oklahoma suffered one of its worst tornado outbreaks in history. Between 3pm and midnight, dozens of tornadoes touched down, including the massive Bridge Creek-Moore EF5 twister, with winds clocked by radar at more than 300 miles per hour. The outbreak began around 5:00pm, when schools were out and most children were home in empty houses, while parents were still at work. 72 tornadoes killed 40 Oklahomans, yet there were no tornado fatalities under the age of 18. Why? School visits by TV and National Weather Service meteorologists had conditioned students to know what to do in a tornado. Home alone, they received the tornado warnings, took shelter and survived some of the strongest winds on earth.
September 20-26 is Week Four of 2020’s National Preparedness Month and the theme is Teach Youth About Preparedness. Here’s what your children need to know: