Tornado outbreaks earlier this month and in late February claimed dozens of lives, most in mobile homes. And we found that many of those killed did not follow basic severe weather safety guidelines. That was true last year too, during several historic tornado outbreaks, in what ended up being the deadliest year for tornadoes in modern times.
For that reason, we decided to find out if people in our local area were knowledgeable about severe weather safety. We took our cameras out this month and asked many people some very basic questions, and I have to admit, we were very surprised, even shocked, to hear some of the answers.
For example, in a mobile home community, not only did most people we talked to not know the correct place to go if a tornado was approaching, they had no plan at all.
In our special, “Surviving the Storm,” we will show you the specific steps you should take in various severe weather scenarios. Whether it’s a tornado, lightning, or flooding, and whether you live in a mobile home or a high rise, we will have step-by-step instructions for you.
We also want to interact with you during the show. We will be conducting a live chat on kxan.com, and taking your questions via Twitter (please use the hashtag #kxan), Facebook, and email.
If you’d like to make sure your question gets answered, go ahead and send an email now, then make sure you watch tonight. Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be chatting with you during the entire hour from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., but the 7-7:30 p.m. segment will only be a kxan.com webcast, so make sure you are logged on here and have clicked on the live stream. If you miss the live broadcast, we will repeat it tonight at 11 p.m. on KNVA, and at 5 p.m. Sunday on KBVO, but without the live webcast and interactive portion of the show.
We’re really looking forward to our broadcast/webcast tonight, and really hope you’ll join us!