first_imgOn April 27, 2011, an EF4 tornado swept through Tuscaloosa, leaving major damage and destruction. Since that devastating event, the city of Tuscaloosa has done its best to ensure residents are well prepared for any dangerous situations that may pop up.“Certainly in Tuscaloosa, with our experiences, we understand just how cruel and devastating storms can be and we take them very seriously (by) always preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. “On April 27, we had four schools destroyed. Imagine if our school system would’ve been open that day. I would rather live with the consequences of over precaution than if we didn’t do the right thing and someone’s life was lost because of it.”When there is a tornado threat, people are encouraged to stay off the roads, put as many walls between them and the outdoors as possible and find alternate shelter if their home does not offer enough protection.The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency recommends signing up for the Tuscaloosa alerts system to get notifications about weather watches and warnings.“I would rather be criticized for being over-prepared at any chance of severe weather than not being ready for dangerous storms,” said Maddox.last_img

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