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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
836 AM EDT THU APR 30 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK - THE REVERE TORNADO AND
TORNADO SAFETY IN SCHOOLS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF APRIL 27 TO
MAY 1 AS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK. THE FOLLOWING IS
THE FOURTH IN A SERIES OF FIVE INFORMATIONAL STATEMENTS.

AT APPROXIMATELY 932 AM ON THE MORNING OF JULY 28 2014 AN EF2
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN REVERE MASSACHUSETTS. IT WAS THE FIRST
TORNADO EVER CONFIRMED IN SUFFOLK COUNTY SINCE RECORDS BEGAN BACK
IN 1950. FORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO FATALITIES OR SERIOUS
INJURIES. THE TORNADO HAD A PATH LENGTH OF 2 MILES AND A PATH
WIDTH OF 3/8 OF A MILE. MAXIMUM WIND GUSTS WERE ESTIMATED AT
100 TO 120 MPH.

THE TORNADO RESULTED IN DAMAGE THROUGHOUT REVERE. NUMEROUS HOUSES
ON REVERE BEACH PARKWAY WERE SEVERELY IMPACTED...WITH ONE ROOF
COMPLETELY BLOWN OFF. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED...A FEW FALLING
ONTO AND CRUSHING CARS. A CAR WAS OVERTURNED AT THE INTERSECTION
OF MALDEN STREET AND CARLSON AVENUE. MORE THAN 100 HOMES HAD
DAMAGE THAT RANGED FROM SIDING TORN OFF TO PORTIONS OF ROOFS
LIFTED OR BLOWN OFF. SEVERAL STORE SIGNS WERE DESTROYED. THE
TORNADO MOVED NORTH-NORTHEAST AND WAS ON THE GROUND FOR ONLY 4
MINUTES. THIS LED TO A SHARP CUTOFF OF DAMAGE EAST OF AMERICAN
LEGION HIGHWAY/ROUTE 60 AS IT DISSIPATED.

ON AVERAGE...A FEW TORNADOES OCCUR EACH YEAR IN SOUTHERN NEW
ENGLAND. MOST ARE BRIEF AND WEAK WITH A RATING OF EF0 OR EF1.
THEY ALSO ARE MORE COMMON ACROSS THE INTERIOR THAN ALONG THE
COAST BECAUSE THE PROXIMITY OF THE OCEAN OFTEN ACTS AS A LIMITING
FACTOR. IT IS QUITE UNUSUAL FOR A TORNADO TO OCCUR DURING THE
MORNING HOURS ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT COMPLETELY UNPRECEDENTED.

WE KNOW THAT TORNADOES DO OCCUR HERE...SUCH AS THE EF3 IN MONSON
AND SPRINGFIELD IN 2011...THE EF2 IN REVERE IN 2014...AND WEAKER
ONES IN CONNECTICUT AND MASSACHUSETTS IN 2014. THE QUESTION IS...
ARE PEOPLE PREPARED? WE WOULD NOW LIKE TO FOCUS ON TORNADO
PREPAREDNESS FOR SCHOOLS.

EVERY SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE A TORNADO SAFETY PLAN. THIS PLAN SHOULD
ENSURE THAT EVERYONE WILL TAKE COVER WITHIN 60 SECONDS. FREQUENT
TORNADO DRILLS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED. THERE SHOULD BE PROVISIONS
FOR ALL AFTER-HOURS SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

EVERY SCHOOL SHOULD BE INSPECTED AND TORNADO SHELTER AREAS
DESIGNATED BY A REGISTERED ENGINEER OR ARCHITECT. ROOMS WITH
EXTERIOR WALLS SHOULD NEVER BE USED AS TORNADO SHELTERS.
BASEMENTS OFFER THE BEST PROTECTION. SCHOOLS WITHOUT BASEMENTS
SHOULD USE INTERIOR ROOMS AND HALLWAYS ON THE LOWEST FLOOR AWAY
FROM WINDOWS.

SCHOOLS SHOULD DELAY ASSEMBLIES OR LUNCH IN LARGE ROOMS WITH WIDE
ROOF SPANS...SUCH AS GYMNASIUMS...AUDITORIUMS...AND CAFETERIAS.
THESE ROOMS OFFER LITTLE OR NO PROTECTION FOR TORNADO-STRENGTH
WINDS AND THE WIDE SPAN ROOFS CAN COLLAPSE.

STUDENTS AND STAFF SHOULD KNOW THE PROTECTIVE POSITION...SITTING
AND FACING AN INTERIOR WALL...ELBOWS TO KNEES...AND WITH HANDS
OVER THE BACK OF THEIR HEADS.

EACH SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH BATTERY BACKUP.
REMEMBER THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES A TORNADO WATCH
WHEN CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADO DEVELOPMENT AND A
TORNADO WARNING WHEN A TORNADO HAS BEEN SPOTTED OR INDICATED BY
RADAR. IF THE ALARM SYSTEM OF A SCHOOL RELIES ON ELECTRICITY...
THERE SHOULD BE AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD TO NOTIFY TEACHERS AND
STUDENTS IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO MAKE SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR FACULTY AND
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES...THOSE WITH PORTABLE CLASSROOMS...
AND THOSE OUTDOORS. KEEP CHILDREN AT SCHOOL BEYOND REGULAR HOURS
DURING A TORNADO WARNING. FOR THAT MATTER...IT WOULD BE GOOD
PRACTICE TO DELAY DEPARTURE OF SCHOOL BUSES WITH SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS TOO...SINCE THEY CAN PRODUCE LARGE HAIL AND
DAMAGING WINDS WITHOUT A TORNADO.

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