Top10Thoughts: Tornado in America

 

  1. The United States averages about 1000 recorded tornadoes every year. Annually tornadoes cause an average of 1,500 injuries. On average, 80 deaths each year are directly attributed to the 1000 tornadoes reported.

 

  1. The U.S. record for the fastest tornado winds occurred at Wichita Falls in northwest Texas on April, 2, 1958 with a wind speed of 258 mph.

 

  1. Number of Tornado Shelters built in US on average per year: 800. Approximately 10,000 lives are saved each year due to shelters.
  2. Schools standard building requirement: resist 90-mph (145 km/h), straight-line winds.

 

  1. The weakest EF1 tornadoes speed can reach 110 mph (177 km/h). EF5 tornados speed average between 261-318 mph.

 

  1. Chances that your kid school have tornado shelter: 0-1%

 

  1. Chances your kid will survive direct hit of EF-4 tornado: Depends how good he covered his head and if the storm spared the music room.

 

  1. US annual budget: $3.8 trillion. Authorities recommendation for surviving Tornado’s: At home – Hide in your bathroom under a blanket. On the road – lie flat in the nearest ditch, if you are lucky to find one. At a mobile home – run away. In all cases – Pray.

 

  1. Average cost of building your own private storm shelter: $3,000 – $22,000. FEMA might help (or not).

 

  1. Conclusions:

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  • Does the country think it have general responsibility to protect its citizens from Tornado’s: No. The state: No. The city: No.
  • Do they leave it for the individual financial capabilities? Yes.
  • Do you have more chance of surviving if you are rich: Yes.
  • Does it have anything to do with the capitalistic life philosophy: Yes.
  • Does it have any similarities to the way America sees health care: If you have money you have it, if not you die? Yes.
  • If you know for sure that a tornado EF-4 will hit your kids school will you let him go to school the same day? No. Are you gambling on your kid’s life when letting him go to school: YES!

 

 

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