Caught In The Path:
A Tornado’s Fury, A Community’s Rebirth
Presented by Carlos Scott
Background
Place: Ruskin Heights, Missouri- The first Post World War
II Tract Housing Development in the Kansas City area....
The Author
Survivor of the
tornado, who was seven
year-old at the time of the
event.
Composed the book as a
testimonial, w...
Path’s Beginning: The
Cause
The Cause of Tornados
Detection Technology of the Time
Look At This Cloud: The Storm
Early Warning System
Mindset
Like A Thousand Jets: The Event
When the tornado came
through many though it
was a nearby train and
some believed it to be...
Last People On Earth: The Aftermath
39 Dead
531 Injuries
$75 Million in
Property Damages
Martial law was
declared in the
R...
The Following are from Hickman Mills or
Ruskin Heights, Mo.
GLADYS
ERWIN.
LINDA SUE STEWART, 6
months.
GOLDIE TAYLOR, 39.
...
You Laugh To Survive: Coping
Survivors reacted in
traditional and non-traditional
ways to cope with the
stresses of the ca...
Tracked By The Cisco Kid:
The Response
Martial Law was invoked due to looting
The 110th Engineers National Guard and Air F...
Other Sources
When checking other sources there were minor
differences in the death tolls, the length of the the path
and ...
My Analysis
Inadequate detection system
Little understanding of storm development by weather
services and the average citi...
Analysis Cont.
Although the damages could not have been prevented, I believe
the number of casualties could have been grea...
Significance To EM
Development of EBS and now EAS
Development of the WSR-88D (Doppler) Radar Network
Siren and early warni...
References
Bietler, S. (2008, March 29). [Web log message]. Retrieved from
http://www3.gendisasters.com/kansas/5958/kansas...
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  1. 1. Caught In The Path: A Tornado’s Fury, A Community’s Rebirth Presented by Carlos Scott
  2. 2. Background Place: Ruskin Heights, Missouri- The first Post World War II Tract Housing Development in the Kansas City area. Date: May 20, 1957
  3. 3. The Author Survivor of the tornado, who was seven year-old at the time of the event. Composed the book as a testimonial, written documentary and dedication to the victims and survivors of the tornado. Compilation of recounts from survivors and neighbors and others in the region
  4. 4. Path’s Beginning: The Cause The Cause of Tornados Detection Technology of the Time
  5. 5. Look At This Cloud: The Storm Early Warning System Mindset
  6. 6. Like A Thousand Jets: The Event When the tornado came through many though it was a nearby train and some believed it to be a squadron of jets from the nearby Air Force base Half a mile wide Moving 42 mph 500 mph winds
  7. 7. Last People On Earth: The Aftermath 39 Dead 531 Injuries $75 Million in Property Damages Martial law was declared in the Ruskin Heights - Hickman Mills area to expedite relief work, stop looting and keep out sight-seers.
  8. 8. The Following are from Hickman Mills or Ruskin Heights, Mo.
GLADYS ERWIN.
LINDA SUE STEWART, 6 months.
GOLDIE TAYLOR, 39.
CAROLYN KAY TAYLOR, 3.
CORNELIA DAVIS, 24.
KATHERINE SUE DAVIS, 7.MARJORIE WACKERNAGLE.
ORAL HOWER.
JOHN HOWER, 10.
LENA RUCKER, 35.
GEROLD RUCKER.
DOROTHY LEOPOLD.
HAROLD LEOPOLD, JR., 11.
CHARLES JOHNSTON.
CATHERINE ARMON.
ALTA GUYLL.
GEORGE KILDOW.
ROBERT YOST, JR., 9.
DIANE BOYD ROSSI, 7.
HESTER TIMM, 39.
DENISE WOODLING, 3.
MAXINE NEHRING.
JEANETTE DORRIS.
ARTHUR FRECHETTE.
CHARLES THOMPSON.
MAYBELLE GABBERT.
HENRY GABBERT.
  9. 9. You Laugh To Survive: Coping Survivors reacted in traditional and non-traditional ways to cope with the stresses of the catastrophe.
  10. 10. Tracked By The Cisco Kid: The Response Martial Law was invoked due to looting The 110th Engineers National Guard and Air Force were called in to restore order, assist with looting, emergency services and search & rescue efforts
  11. 11. Other Sources When checking other sources there were minor differences in the death tolls, the length of the the path and the width of the tornado. This was mainly do to the fact that some articles were written immediately after the event and some people passed on later from injuries sustained during the storm. Also the storm could have changed in strength and proportion as it made its way across the region. But 71 miles is the general consensus.
  12. 12. My Analysis Inadequate detection system Little understanding of storm development by weather services and the average citizens. Most of the homes had no basements Lack of adequate early-warning system (Such as the Emergency Broadcast System) and sirens.
  13. 13. Analysis Cont. Although the damages could not have been prevented, I believe the number of casualties could have been greatly reduced by having a better emergency alert system in place and mandated in home tornado sheltering. The fact that the largest group of casualties occurred at a shopping center in Ruskin Heights is evidence that a better warning system would have allowed residents to the fact that a severe storm system was on the way. This would have allowed them to get home to their storm shelters. Although severely lacking in preemptive and mitigating policies and measures, the response to the event was extremely well- executed for the resources at the time. The Red Cross, Salvation Army, Army Reserve Engineers, county, state and federal responses were immediate, effective and efficient.
  14. 14. Significance To EM Development of EBS and now EAS Development of the WSR-88D (Doppler) Radar Network Siren and early warning systems in High-Risk areas More information and training on the nature of tornados and how to shelter from them Better design and mitigation when building homes
  15. 15. References Bietler, S. (2008, March 29). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www3.gendisasters.com/kansas/5958/kansas-city-mo-tornado-rips-through-city- may-1957 Larazus, Jimerson, Brock. (n.d.). Responding to natural disasters: Helping children and families. Retrieved from http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/naturaldisaster_teams_ho.aspx National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. (n.d.). Ruskin heights tornado of may 20 1957. Retrieved from website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=ruskinheightstornado New terror in a savage spring. (1957 , June 03). Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=Nj8EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA32&dq=ruskin heights life magazine&pg=PA27 Ruskin heights tornado: 55 years later. (2008, May 20). Jacob Russell's Barking Dog, Retrieved from http://jacobrussellsbarkingdog.blogspot.com/2008/05/ruskin-heights- tornado-51-years.html Ruskin heights tornado memorial . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://ruskinheightstornado.tripod.com
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