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Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado

NIXA, Mo. -- May 22nd, 2011 is a day no one in the Ozarks will forget - the night of the Joplin tornado. A new book is out about the lessons schools have learned from the disaster.
NIXA, Mo. --May 22nd, 2011 is a day no one in the Ozarks will forget - the night of the Joplin tornado.

Zac Rantz is the author of the new book 'Hindsight, Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado'.  He talks with KOLR10's Rob Evans.

Rob Evans:  How did this come about?
Jac:      "I'm the director of communications for Nixa Public Schools," says Rantz. "After the tornado, Joplin schools realized they needed help with getting information out, so people came from across the state to help out. As soon as we got there, we realized there was a lot of stuff that we didn't even think about or plan for. You can't plan for an F-5 tornado to go through your town."

Rob:  What surprised you?
Zac:  "I think the planning they did ahead of time," he says, "is what really helped them recover the fastest. Everything you do before a crisis is what matters. Schools can do the pre-planning and that'll help them out, no matter what the crisis is, a lot of things are true no matter what the crisis situation."    

Rob:  What did you change in Nixa?
"We did a lot of backup systems," says Rantz, "making sure people were cross-trained, making things were off-site, that was one of their major problems. They lost cell access, internet access, and you have to be able to work without those things we rely so heavily right now."

You can get the book on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, or at Hindsightthebook.com.


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