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The Suburbanite
  • A tornado here? Be ready

  • The issue: Tragedy in Oklahoma

    Our view: If you don’t have a disaster plan, get one

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  • The issue: Tragedy in Oklahoma
    Our view: If you don’t have a disaster plan, get one
    Monday, we saw the tornado on our televisions, rambling across Oklahoma.
    Then we saw the rubble, miles and miles of it strewn through suburban Oklahoma City. Then we saw the anguish — of homeowners, looking at empty lots that used to be houses; of rescue workers, finding horror under piles of rubble; of parents, screaming for their missing children at a collapsed elementary school.
    Tuesday, we saw the dreaded “X’s.” That’s the universal symbol — all too common in our country of late, after Tuscaloosa, after Joplin, after Hurricane Sandy — painted on a crumbled building following a disaster that signifies that rescuers had searched and cleared the structure of the living or the dead.
    The X means move on, down the street, to the next block of carnage.
    Stark County is fortunate that images of storm damage have been only on our televisions for more than a decade. The last tornado to cause significant property damage here swept through Jackson Township on April 28, 2002.
    You don’t need to be an actuary to realize we’re overdue.
    Are you ready for when a storm barrels down on us again? Our schools are ready — tornado drills are common in buildings across the state. But what about your home? Your business? Do you know what to do when the siren wails or the weather alert buzzes on your phone?
    Find out now. Having a plan can — and very possibly will — save your life.