- Venezuela’s Maduro calls on student ‘price vigilantes’ to hit the streets, report businesses
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Bow before Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘superhero robot’ entry in DARPA challenge
- 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy suspended for pretend bow-and-arrow shooting
- Tea partiers turn on Capitol Hill budget deal
- Budget deal to get quick vote in the House
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro ‘marriage’
- Sebelius calls for review of Obamacare rollout woes
- American dream dying, but many see free market as solution: Poll
- Air Force base in South Carolina boots Nativity scene
By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
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."