But we can do better.
The twister that devasted Moore, Okla., on Monday proved that some storms aren’t survivable if you’re above ground. Except for sheer luck and the grace of God, hiding in a downstairs bathroom or a school hallway isn’t good enough when a tornado with 200-mph winds approaches.
Getting underground, out of the storm’s grasp, is the only surefire solution.
The April 27, 2011, tornadoes here in Alabama kick-started needed conversations about mandatory shelters for mobile-home parks. We expect the Oklahoma tornado to invoke a similar response.
Underground shelters aren’t cheap, particularly those that protect large numbers of people. Yet, in tornado-prone areas such as Alabama and Oklahoma, isn’t it worth discussing why more places — such as schools — don’t have underground shelters?
Tornadoes will always haunt us. But if saving lives are a priority, it’s time to put our money where our mouths are and dig deep — literally — to stay safe.