Ready for the Storm: FAMU-FSU Researchers Analyze Infrastructure, Demographics to See Where Tornadoes Are Most Disruptive


The warning time before a tornado touches down is measured in minutes. 

The warning time before a tornado touches down is measured in minutes. Long-term planning on the sunny days when tornadoes aren’t a threat is crucial for preparing for and recovering from these storms.

Research led by Eren Ozguven, director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response Center (RIDER) and a professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, examined demographics, infrastructure and more than seven decades of weather data to determine which places in Kentucky are most vulnerable to these natural disasters. The research was published by Sustainability.

“Tornadoes hit quickly, so preparing for them is key,” Ozguven, said. “You need to have plans ready, on an individual and government level. Our research shows where these storms are likely to have the greatest impact on people.”

Ozguven’s team used geographic information systems software to combine variables such as frequency of tornadoes, transportation infrastructure, household income and other factors to determine where populations are likely to have the resources to be more resilient and where these storms will be more disruptive.

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