Severe weather and complacency don’t mix; be prepared
UAB Department of Health Care Organization & Policy Assistant Professor Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H., said people – whether they live in areas of rare or frequent tornado activity – often disregard the dangers.
“When the probability of an event occurring is small, and there is a lesser chance you will be affected if that event occurs, people become complacent,” McCormick said. “False alarms have the same effect.”
Mass media coverage, like that following the Moore tornado, as well as the tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011, and Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, can help increase sensitivity.