2022 survey finds Americans may be safer from tornadoes

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The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) identifies knowledge gaps in tornado safety and offers an education campaign to save lives and property.

TALLAHASSEE, Florida., April 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As communities prepare to mark the 11thand death anniversary April 27 “Tuscaloosa Super Outbreak,” a new survey finds Americans in high-risk states continue to struggle to understand critical tornado weather warnings and life-saving options.

The survey shows that 42% of respondents confused a tornado watch with a warning. By comparison, this is an improvement from 2021, when 50% confused the terminology. The terms are important because they prompt distinctly different protective actions. Staying aware (Tornado Watch) or taking cover (Tornado Warning) can make the difference between life and death.

According to the 2022 survey, 42% of respondents mistook a tornado watch for a warning.

The annual tornado research effort of the non-profit Federal Safe Homes Alliance (FLASH) Is America #TornadoStrong? surveyed 500 residents in 12 tornado-prone states. Questions measured awareness and understanding of weather terminology, safe and unsafe protective actions, safe rooms, storm shelters, and affordability.

According to the 2022 survey, 42% of respondents mistook a tornado watch for a warning. By comparison, this is an improvement from 2021, when 50% confused the terminology. The terms are important because they prompt distinctly different protective actions. Staying aware (Tornado Watch) or taking cover (Tornado Warning) can make the difference between life and death.

Additionally, 48% of respondents are unaware that safe rooms are affordable and provide near absolute protection against life safety in most tornadoes. 51% overestimated the cost.

“The National Weather Service nicknamed April 27, 2011as the most active and deadliest day for tornadoes“, said the president and CEO of FLASH Leslie Chapman-Henderson. “This epidemic and the devastation of December in places like Mayfield, Kentucky, reflect the need for continued public education efforts like #TornadoStrong. We want to make sure people in danger know where to go, what to do and when to do it as tornadoes threaten and strike. »

Visit Tornado-Strong.org to see the 2022 Is America #TornadoStrong? Topline Consumer Survey Findings Report. View and download free resources, including Tornado Watch vs. Warning: Know the difference and what to do. Access Choosing the right safe for you Information document that describes six different types of security rooms and includes short video features. Public educators and meteorologists can use the social media shareable graphics and FAQs to spread the word about tornado safety.

About FLASH

The nonprofit Federal Safe Homes Alliance (FLASH) is the nation’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and protecting families from disaster. The FLASH Partnership includes more than 100 innovative and diverse organizations that share the vision of making America a more disaster-resilient nation, including FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Huber Engineered Woods, International Code Council, ISO – Verisk Analytics, Lowe’s, MyRadar, National Weather Service, Renew Financial, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm and USAA. In 2008, FLASH and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. FLASH No Code signature program. No trust. – Inspect2Protect.org provides consumers with a one-of-a-kind building code transparency tool to easily identify the building code in their community. Learn more about FLASH and access free consumer resources by visiting flash.org and www.Inspect2Protect.orgby calling toll-free (877) 221-SAFE (7233), following @federalalliance on Twitter, and Facebook.com/federalalliance.

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