Even with advanced weather science to better predict storm conditions, Mother Nature still holds all the cards. The massive tornado that obliterated Moore, Okla., on May 20 struck just 16 minutes after the first siren was sounded. And while violent storms grab all the headlines, more common severe weather like heat waves, heavy rain and lightening cause considerable casualties. While there are no guarantees, you should know how to prepare for the worst and increase your chances of survival during any type of severe weather.
Tips to Survive a Natural Disaster
Eleven U.S. weather disasters in 2012 each caused damages exceeding $1 billion.
What started as a mild spring took a nasty turn for the worse in May as tornadoes, severe storms and flash floods raked the nation’s midsection. Tornadoes alone are blamed for 31 deaths – 23 in Moore, Okla., and six in Texas – and nearly $6 billion in damages, according to the National Weather Service.