- Birmingham area tornado damage from aerialsouth.com
The picture above is from AerialSouth.com and was taken at 9:30 a.m., April 28, 2011, at 3,000 feet. Many thanks to Greg McNair for allowing use of this photograph as many people involved in the town hall meeting lived in the area shown.
We all remember what happened on April 27 through Alabama and much of the Deep South, but we still want to know how so many people lost their lives. An event was planned to look into this, with professional social scientists leading a town hall meeting during the National Weather Association conference in Birmingham, Ala. This was to gauge people’s reactions to what occurred that day and see what actions they took and didn’t take leading up to the devastating tornadoes. I have summarized the majority of the meeting and its results in this post.
Below is the official excerpt which was associated with the town hall meeting. You can also see the video in its entirety here:
The National Weather Association hosted a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. This event brought together professionals involved in the severe weather enterprise to listen to the thoughts and opinions of a scientifically chosen sample of everyday people who experienced that fateful day here in Central Alabama.
The National Weather Association chose two hundred people from a wide pool of applicants to participate in the audience and give input for scientific research into the severe weather warning process. Social scientists and a professional moderator lead a focus group of ten audience members on the stage while the remainder of the group answers multiple choice questions utilizing handheld audience response devices.