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Effects of 2011 Tornado Outbreak on Disaster Preparedness Studied by UAB

Dr. Lisa C. McCormick, assistant professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham – collaborating with department colleagues, professor Dr. Andrew C. Rucks, and professor Dr. Peter M. Ginter, along with Mr. Jesse Pevear, program director in the Survey Research Unit – examined the effects of a tornado disaster on the personal preparedness of local residents to determine to what extent the tornado outbreak experience had altered preparedness awareness, willingness to act, and levels of personal preparedness of residents as measured by possession of a preparedness kit; and to what effect this experience had on the variables associated with having a complete disaster preparedness kit.