Between hurricanes, wildfires and yes — tornados — the U.S. has been devastated both physically and financially by natural disasters. According to a new report published by the Universal Ecological Fund in late 2017, extreme weather has caused over $240 billion per year in damage to our world. While hurricanes may get the big billing on the news due to the extended length of the impact and subsequent flooding, tornadoes alone cause billions of dollars of damage each year. In 2017 alone, there were 425 tornadoes between January and March 2017, and 2018 and future years are expected to be even worse. See how these costs can potentially be mitigated by early warning of these natural acts.
The past few years have been incredibly costly in terms of tornado damage in the U.S. With an average of 800 tornados hitting the country each year, usually east of the Rockies, the death toll continues to rise and currently hovers around 80 people per year with injuries to 1,000 or more each year. America is a bit of a tornado hot spot, with the ideal conditions for massive tornadoes to form due to the warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico meeting the cooler, drier air from the Rockies. It’s a possibility that natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes now pose a greater economic threat to the economy of the U.S. than terrorism, which is a shocking consideration. According to USA Today, there were 1,391 tornadoes in the U.S. in 2017 as of October 8, over 300 more than the full year in 2016. This increase by nearly a third is shocking when you consider the devastation and death that can occur from a single large tornado.
Providing an early warning system that allows your community members time to get to a safe location is critical to ensuring safety and limiting the loss of life and property. Protecting individuals such as students or workers who are often in a situation where there are many people in the same area is much more effective with an emergency broadcast notification system. Not only can you provide individuals with life-saving information, but you can help coordinate volunteers for recovery efforts — saving even more lives and protecting the community at the same time. Technology continues to evolve, allowing emergency management professionals to communicate effectively at all stages of an incident, such as letting people know when it’s safe to emerge from sheltering. Many organizations find that implementing a comprehensive solution once saves money in the long-term by keeping incremental costs under control.
Improving your mass notification plans can significantly influence the impacts and costs to your community when facing peak season for tornados.
Emergency notification plans become out of date very quickly. With communities facing threats from severe weather to active shooters, it is clear that plans needs to be regularly evaluated and updated. When was the last time you evaluated your emergency response plan?Download The Article