Thank you so much for sharing your story! Our research will make a difference in helping to make homes safer and improving safety advice about where to shelter during tornadoes. Here are links to the approved consent forms (information sheets) about our study:
You can build a stronger home. There’s no reason to keep building with old/recent construction practices when we now know better. Have you heard of the concept of a continuous load path? A continuous load path helps both hold your home together and keep it down on the ground during strong winds. See the research for yourself: https://vimeo.com/237087513
If your home can be repaired, consider building back stronger and consider adding a safe room. Learn more about these exciting developments with this handout:
When you’re in the market for a new car, you probably research safety features. Do the same for your next home! Here’s how to learn more, including how to find builders who build stronger homes: https://fortifiedhome.org/homeowners/
Install a FORTIFIED Roof
Just above we link to resources to learn about a continuous load path that makes the whole home a lot more resistant to wind damage. But short of that, did you know that the most common thing to happen to homes is water damage inside after losing some roof shingles? Consider at least installing a FORTIFIED Roof:
Experiencing a tornado is traumatic. You may find that it’s hard to stop reliving the events in your mind, or you may find yourself cringing at noises that remind you of the tornado. There are many others who have gone before you, be it with storms or other traumas, and there are lots of resources to help:
Today I received an email from OU’s human resources with a reminder about resources for dealing with stress and anxiety and this reminded me of resources I already know about and have been sharing with tornado survivors.
Practicing mindfulness means grounding yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness has been shown to be helpful for reducing stress and coping with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness Coach will help you practice mindfulness meditation.
I am honored to be at the CALMET XIII / Eumetcal conference hosted at EUMETSAT this week to lead a workshop on the implications of my dissertation results. It is so fun to be meeting people from all over the world who are training forecasters. The image below shows pins for all the locations: from Australia to Argentina, Nicaragua to Niger, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Fiji, Grenada, and so many more countries. CALMet is a vibrant and wonderful community.
It has been interesting to hear how my work has resonated, and I look forward to learning more about that after my workshop. I also hope that my work is extended in the future. While informative and representative of my study participants, it was just one study. There is likely more to be learned.
Here is a link to my 2018 paper in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society on facilitating self-directed learning. Self-directed learning can be a misnomer: it is often actively facilitated by others, and it is in the best interest of the field to do so.
And finally, here is a handout of the key diagrams from (or related to) my dissertation:
A colleague and I spoke about our Survivor Story Pilot Study at an outreach event in Lee County, Alabama, on May 30. Dr. David Roueche, from the Auburn University, is a structural engineer. We explained that a survivor’s experiences during a tornado and knowledge of their structure might either challenge or confirm forensic engineering studies of tornado damage, and shared some of the latest science on how to build and secure homes to the ground better.
We shared information about the latest in disaster engineering science, including this video in which IBHS makes the bold claim that EF-0 and EF-1 damage can be virtually eliminated, and much of EF-2 damage can be prevented as well: https://vimeo.com/237087513
We also created this handout with links to information about building better and to dealing with storm anxiety, which is very common after disasters: