What Went Wrong in Joplin?

I was in New York yesterday addressing an insurance industry group. Again, I was asked what went wrong in Joplin. For those that are new to this blog, the May 22, 2011, tornado -- the only single tornado to cause triple-digit fatalities since the tornado warning program began -- has been surrounded by the greatest amount of misinformation of any tornado of my career.

Here is just some of the misinformation about that tragedy:
  • The tornado suddenly formed on the west side of town.
  • The sirens were sounded when the tornado warning (that included the eventual path of the tornado) was issued
  • There was 40 minutes of "lead time" (time between when the warning was issued for the path of the tornado when when it arrived)
None of these statements are true. 

When the Sirens Were Silent was written to explain what really occurred in Joplin, why the death toll was so high, and what we can do to prevent it from happening again. While the paperback version is sold out, the ebook version is available at the extremely affordable price of $2.99. You do not need a Nook or a Kindle to read it, you can use the Amazon Cloud (online) Reader which is free.  


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