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Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes

For almost a decade, economists Kevin M. Simmons and Daniel Sutter have been studying the economic impacts and social consequences of the approximately 1,200 tornadoes that touch down across the United States annually. During this time, Simmons and Sutter have been compiling information from sources such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Census in order to examine the casualties caused by tornadoes and to evaluate the National Weather Service’s efforts to reduce these casualties. In Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes, Simmons and Sutter present their findings. This analysis will be extremely useful to anyone studying meteorology and imperative for anyone working in emergency disaster management.

282 pages | 30 halftones, 28 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2011

Earth Sciences: Meteorology

Economics and Business: Economics--Urban and Regional

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“The analysis is authoritative and meticulously grounded in research; the topic is timely and important . . . ; and the presentation is effective. . . . Highly recommended.”


Table of Contents


1. What We Can Learn from Societal Impacts Analysis

2. Tornado Climatology and Society’s Tornado Risk

3. An Analysis of Tornado Casualties

4. Tornado Warnings: How Doppler Radar, False Alarms, and Tornado Watches Affect Casualties

5. Sheltering from the Storm: Evaluating Tornado Shelters as a Mitigation Investment

6. Property Damage and Community Impacts of Tornadoes

7. Going Forward: Using Societal Impacts Research to Reduce Tornado Risk




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