Plaza Towers Elementary School, Moore, Oklahoma. Before and after
My mother’s family mostly live around Oklahoma City. As far as I know all my cousins are okay. But it is a huge clan, much more prolific than my father’s. I have not met most of the youngest generation.
Even without a personal connection — including childhood memories of my grandpa’s storm cellar — the outcome of what happened in Moore and nearby prompts many of us to quietly, respectfully ask some questions; and listen patiently and non-judgmentally for answers at the right time.
Is the frequency of the threat increasing?
Is the innate energy of the threat increasing?
Can we do anything to reduce the threat?
Since the 1999 tornado has new construction reasonably reflected the nature of the threat? (For example, safe-rooms, basements, other “protective action”)
Since the 1999 tornado has there been any retrofitting to reflect the nature of the threat? (For example, construction/designation of safe-rooms)
What is the nature of public training, exercising, messaging and other aspects of threat preparedness?
Does this event — and similar events — have implications for residential density?
Does this event — and similar events — have implications for preventive actions? (For example, there was at least some talk late Sunday and early Monday — before the tornado struck — of canceling schools across a wide area of Central Oklahoma. Those involved in snow-closings will recognize the treacherous nature of such decisions.)
How do we best mitigate the worst risks?
Or as a friend wrote yesterday how do we — allow ourselves, discipline ourselves, empower ourselves — to “think-differently” about such risks?