Even though Oklahoma is a major tornado state, and even though twisters hit the city of Moore hard in May, it’s a man-made catastrophe that touched the director of emergency management in that state.
“I lost my sister-in-law in the Oklahoma City bombing,” says Albert Ashwood. “From that day forward, I have looked different at disasters and realized how extremely personal they are.”
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Ashwood told Illinois emergency responders at their annual conference in Springfield not to get lost in their cubicles, thinking only of statistics on paper. The worst disaster is the one that hits your own house, he said.
He adds that any talk of a “safe room” in a school should include a plan to be prepared for a school shooter.