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Topic - Albert Ashwood
As Moore, Okla., begins to dig out of the wreckage wrought by Monday's killer storm, attention is shifting to the steps state officials may take to limit the loss of life the next time a tornado strikes — a question of "when," not "if."
"You can't just have this blanket policy targeting where the real casualties are occurring would be a much wiser use of funding if you're going to do it at all," he said Wednesday. "The seven fatalities at the elementary school — I feel the tragedy that they're dealing with. But let's take a step back and look at what percentage of casualties happen in schools. It's only about 5 percent, whereas it's about 40 percent in mobile homes,"
"The tornado that we're talking about is the 1 [percent] or 2 percent tornado that you get. It's the anomaly," said Albert Ashwood, the state's director of emergency management. "Most tornadoes you get you can protect yourself in your home. This is the anomaly that flattens everything to the ground."