I believe that policies regarding tornado safety need to be re-evaluated. The tragedy that occurred in Moore, Okla., was destructive and devastating: 24 people were killed and 377 were injured. If the correct precautions had been taken before the tornado hit there might have been a smaller number of people dead and injured.
I am 20 years old, and if a tornado were about to hit my area, I would not know what the most appropriate and safe thing to do would be.
In the United States there are an average of 1,274 tornadoes per year. Some places in the United States are hit by tornadoes more often than others, but a tornado has occurred in every state in the United States. If there were a proper plan in place, there could be a lot of lives saved.
If a tornado safe room was placed in every building in the United States, there would always be a place to go when this natural disaster was about to hit. As well as adding a safe room to your home, families should come up with their own safety plan to share with their kids. This will allow them to know exactly what to do in case of a tornado.
Either of these suggestions would have a positive outcome in Oklahoma as well as the rest of the United States.
The writer is a student at Penn State University.