Why People Don’t Heed Severe Weather Warnings

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This is interesting- NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released information on why some people take cover during severe weather, and others opt to ‘ride it out’ and not take cover.

Their report looked at Super Tuesday (Feb. 5-6, 2008) where 82 tornadoes ripped through nine Southern states, killing 57, injuring 350 and causing $400 million in property damage.

Interestingly – the report found that 2/3rds of the victims were in mobile homes and 60% didn’t have access to shelter like a basement or storm cellar. We’ve got a mobile home prep article here.  If you know someone who lives in a mobile home, be sure to pass this on to them.

The report also said that on this Super Tuesday, many people didn’t think the tornado threat was bad (it was February, not a month known for storms…) so they didn’t take cover.  And then there’s what experts call the optimism bias, which is the belief that bad things only happen to other people.

Read all of NOAA’s Service Assessment reports here.

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