Study: Many Tennesseans are misinformed about tornado protection

phys.org | 10/17/2018 | Staff
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More people die during tornadoes in the Southeast than anywhere else in the United States. And still, a lot of people have misconceptions about their risk of being impacted by tornadoes, according to a new study published in PLOS One by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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"There are many myths about tornado protection. Some of them are very ingrained in our communities and can endanger people," says Kelsey Ellis, a climatology and meteorology professor in the Department of Geography, and coauthor of the study.

For the research, Ellis conducted a phone survey of 800 Tennessee residents. They were asked if and how they received tornado warnings, what actions they take when they get one, and what they know about the likelihood of a tornado happening in their community.

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In East Tennessee, 90 percent of people surveyed believe they are somewhat...
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