Sunday, May 26, 2013

CNN Anderson Cooper: "Storm Hunters"

On Saturday night, May 25, 2013, Anderson Cooper aired “Storm Hunters: In the Path of Disaster” on CNN.
Some of the footage was from 2011 storms, but it was updated for the Moore, OK tornado (there had been similar storms in the area in 1999 and 2003; it seems to be one of the most vulnerable spots in the nation because of geography).

One of the biggest controversies has been the fact that most homes in Oklahoma and the southern plains don’t have basements, and that homeowners don’t think it’s worth the money to have them (costs about $6000 to build a storm shelter).

But an underground shelter can protect self and neighbors.  A homeowner could put copies of major documents, photos, and computer files, and spare electronics (laptops with software and hard drviers refreshed with backup materials), and take essential stuff with him (and family) to a hotel (although the car might be lost).  One important fact is that sometimes there is very little warning even for large tornadoes, which can pop suddenly when the atmosphere is explosively unstable.

Two of the elementary schools in OK did not have shelters. 

CNN does not appear to have a coherent summarily of the documentary, as it keeps changing. There is a new story about the Jonas Brothers helping the victims (as hands-on volunteers?) , here
Anderson Cooper has sometimes been in the wrong place at the wrong time. On Saturday, September 15  2008 (approximately), Cooper was waiting in a flood created by Hurricane Rita in East Texas.  The next day, the financial crisis broke in NYC.   

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