Tornadoes cause an average of 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Over the last decade, these numbers have steadily risen. In 2011 there were 1,897 tornadoes reported in the U.S., of which at least 1,706 were confirmed. It proved to be a destructive and deadly year for tornadoes, with 550 confirmed fatalities. And now, with tornado season mostly behind us, we already are facing a severe threat from wildfires. For cities and towns, the message is clear: Take steps now to ensure that new residential and commercial structures are built to withstand extreme weather conditions.
|State||Published - Jun 6 2013|