"Only 14 U.S. states have real acting adaptation plans in the event of a natural disaster. We know that in some states, such plans are discussed, whether or also talk about their values, but only 14 states have such plans, "- says an expert on disaster Donna tear.

Adaptation plans involve not just disaster management and risk reduction in future disasters, preparing for them. In the case of a tornado, this means building homes with basements in the most tornado-prone areas, or, in terms of flooding, the houses rise to a higher altitude than it is required by special instructions.

"One of the questions that always comes up — this is how we can talk about it in the current situation where there is a conversation about the financial realities of the United States, the need to reduce debt. I would put the question on the contrary: we must ask ourselves, how can we not do this now, "- said the tear. According to her, if we do not pay the price for the implementation of plans that will make the region more resilient to disasters, the U.S. expects increased casualties and infrastructure damage during subsequent natural disasters.

Over the past 60 years in the U.S. remained the state where it was not recorded tornado.

In 2010, there was about 1.3 thousand tornadoes. This year the number has already exceeded 1.1 thousand One of the most devastating in modern history was a tornado May 22, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri, which killed 141 people. This tornado was awarded the fifth category — which means that the wind speed exceeds 362 kilometers per hour.

"It's like a war zone. I think that in Iraq or Afghanistan, something like that. You know, looking at it in the pictures, and think that this is where this should never happen. But that's happened, "- says a local resident Barbara Bryant, who wait too long to go down to the basement of his home, where he waited out a tornado. "At half-past five, I turned on the TV and heard the tornado warning, then I heard the sirens and went down to the basement — it saved my life," — said Bryant.