Tornado Season Opens Early in 2012

While I may be rushing the official tornado season this year, I do it with good reason. As of March 12, the NWS had confirmed 132 tornadoes in 2012. The confirmed number is down from the 160 preliminary reports submitted after that date. The 2009 – 2011 total average for the three-month period January – March was 124.

As of March 13, tornadoes had affected Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

EDEN delegates have been hard at work responding to community needs in their states. Situations vary from not enough damage for a federal declaration to total destruction of a community. This YouTube video provides one example of how EDEN is leading recovery efforts in Indiana. You can also see how Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri have responded by reading about their experiences.

Status reports and requests for resources are submitted using Response Notes. The information is sent to our NIFA liaisons and summarized for the EDEN website.

What happens when a request for resources is submitted? After a request is submitted via the Response Notes, an email to EDEN delegates is issued indicating the need for a specific type of resource. For example, Kentucky requested information on how to remove fiberglass from clothing and interior fabrics. Responses to the request were sent directly to one person (in this case, Pat Skinner), who then compiled the responses. The compilation was sent back to the Kentucky delegate and added to the Resources Collected section of the Tornado page for everyone’s use. Note the additional resources collected this year, as well as the resources collected last year.

If you have other resources to help address the current or past tornado recovery issues, please send them to Kim Cassel.

Kim has summarized the tornado resources requested and shared the week of March 12. Here is her summary.

Tornado Resources  Requested and Shared Week of March 12, 2012

The effects of a disaster may have long lasting impacts on one’s mental health well-being, whether the person was directly impacted by the disaster or not.  The stresses created by disasters are beyond the common stresses of everyday life.  The CDC in partnership with the American Red Cross has developed resources for individuals, parents, children, seniors, first responders, health professionals, and community planners to deal with the mental health issues associated with disaster events.

The American Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DAT) includes specially trained mental health to help folks cope with the emotional issues associated with disasters, man-made or natural.  They also offer  advice for taking care of your emotional health after a disaster and remind folks never to hesitate to seek professional services. Or go to, click on “getting assistance” “recovery after a disaster” and then “recovering emotionally.”

These resources were developed at LSU to address mental health issues of disasters:

Home, family,and child care

Home, family, and childcare coping strategies

Teacher and educator resources

Removing fiberglass from clothing

How to remove fiberglass from clothing Note this is not an Extension publication.

Social Media

From the University of Missouri , “The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery

Temporary Fencing

From eXtension —   Livestock Fencing