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Published on March 16, 2016

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CAUGHT IN THE PATH: CAUGHT IN THE PATH A Tornado’s Fury, A Community’s rebirth Slide2: SCOPE Effects of the “Central Plains Tornado” on the community of Ruskin Heights, Missouri May 20, 1957 The most devastating and destructive Tornado ever in the Kansas City area. Slide3: ABOUT THE AUTHOR Carolyn Glenn Brewer Survived the Tornado She was 7 years old at the time of the disaster This book was written to be a documentary of sorts Offers a first hand account, as well as recounts from other survivors and members of the surrounding communities of the fatal storm and the days, months, and years following Intended to be a dedication to the victims & survivors of the Tornado Slide4: THE “CENTRAL PLAINS TORNADO” Began its path near Williamsburg, Kansas at 6:15 PM May 19-21 1957 57 Tornados reported between Colorado and the Mississippi Valley – 59 total fatalities Meteoric conditions were perfect for a “Super Cell” thunderstorm to develop Started as a progressive upper level storm system with a well developed surface frontal system. Gained fuel and momentum as it traveled eastward from low level moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico Slide5: THE “CENTRAL PLAINS TORNADO” Slide6: PATH OF DESTRUCTION 71 miles total Reached power level of F5 by the time it reached Ruskin Heights Slide7: Ruskin Heights, Missouri First Tract Housing Development established in the Kansas City area after World War II Witnesses recall hearing what sounded like a “Freight Train coming through” Others compared the sound to a “Squadron of Fighter Jets” coming from the nearby Air Force base ½ Mile wide Moving at 42 MPH Wind Speeds up to 500 MPH Slide8: VICTIMS OF THE TIMES Inadequate Storm Detection System Lack of an effective Early Warning System (Emergency Broadcast System) and/or warning sirens Most homes had no basements At the time warnings were issued by district forecast centers Radar surveillance was performed at local observation sites Located at Kansas City Municipal Air Port Slide9: NEVER HAD A CHANCE Largest number of casualties occurring in one area were at a local shopping center A better warning system would have alerted the people of the community earlier and more effectively, allowing them to seek shelter and make preparations Slide10: AFTERMATH 39 Casualties 531 Injured $75 Million worth of property damage Martial Law was declared to assist with relief efforts and stop looting Slide11: AFTERMATH Slide12: Response & Recovery Preemptive mitigation policies, education, and preparation left much to be desired Recovery efforts were executed well considering the technology & resources at the time The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Air Force, & Engineers from the 110 th Army Reserve all responded immediately to help with medical care, emergency services, search & rescue efforts, & looting County, State, & Federal governments worked together quickly, effectively, & efficiently Slide13: Response & Recovery Slide14: LASTING INFLUENCE The effects of the Tornado opened eyes Influential in the development of the “Early Broadcast System” as well as the WSR-88D system which is now known as the “Doppler Radar System. Early warning sirens were installed in high risk areas Advancements in Education and training related to hazard mitigation and response Better built storm shelters and designs when building homes Slide15: Analysis “Perfect Storm” of circumstances Weather services & average citizens alike had limited understanding of storm development Lack of education & hazard mitigation Ineffective Weather Detection System and Warning Sirens Storm Shelters & basements in homes were virtually non-existent Slide16: Analysis Damages resulting from the “Central Plains Tornado” were inevitable once the storm system started moving and gaining momentum Number of fatalities & amount of property damage could have been greatly reduced Having a better emergency warning system in place and better hazard mitigation Mandatory storm shelters in all homes More & better built community storm shelters Slide17: IN MEMORY……… GLADYS ERWIN LINDA SUE STEWART GOLDIE TAYLOR CAROLYN KAY TAYLOR CORNELIA DAVIS KATHERINE SUE DAVIS MARJORIE WACKERNAGLE ORAL HOWER JOHN HOWER LENA RUCKER GEROLD RUCKER DOROTHY LEOPOLD HAROLD LEOPOLD CHARLES JOHNSTON CATHERINE ARMON ALTA GUYLL GEORGE KILDOW ROBERT YOST DIANE BOYD ROSSI HESTER TIMM DENISE WOODLING MAXINE NEHRING JEANETTE DORRIS ARTHUR FRECHETTE CHARLES THOMPSON MAYBELLE GABBERT HENRY GABBERT Slide18: OTHER RESOURCES * Brewer , C. G. (2016, March 2). Caught Ever After/Caught In The Path. Retrieved from / * Grazulis , T. P. (1993). Signifigant Tornadoes 1680-1991. Environmental Films. Office, N. W. (2007, December 18). Ruskin Heights Tornado of May 20 1957. Retrieved from n=ruskinheightstornado * Vaughn , J. M. (2012, May 18). Fox News. Retrieved from 55 Years Later, Memories of Ruskin Heights Tornado Still Haunt Survivors: /

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