By MARIA SUDEKUM FISHER Associated Press
September 20, 2011
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is preparing to release a report about its communication efforts before the deadly May tornado that hit Joplin.
Top administrators from the agency on Tuesday afternoon will discuss a report from assessment teams sent to Joplin to look over the damage. The twister killed more than 160 people and injured hundreds more.
The National Weather Service team examined warning and forecast services before the EF-5 tornado hit and also reviewed the public’s response to warning communications. NOAA says the team’s goal was to identify what was done correctly and areas that could be improved.
Keith Stammer, Jasper County emergency manager, and NOAA’s deputy administrator Kathryn Sullivan are expected to discuss findings from that report.
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