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A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that extends from a thunderstorm and comes into contact with the ground. In an average year about 1,000 tornadoes are reported nationwide. Tornado intensity is measured by the enhanced Fujita (EF) scale. The scale rates tornadoes on a scale of 0 through 5, based on the amount and type of wind damage. READ MORE >>

It’s been a little more than a year since seven children were killed when a massive tornado destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, but their families are still no closer to the goal of placing storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school so the lives of other children will not be in peril. READ MORE >>

An Oklahoma company has created a protective blanket that developers say could give children a better chance of surviving debris from a tornado – or bullets from a 9 mm handgun. The Bodyguard Blanket, made by ProTecht, is a bulletproof pad designed to protect students during disasters at school. READ MORE >>

Insurers Paid Out Nearly $2 Billion in Oklahoma Disaster Losses in 2013, More Than Any Other State May 20, 2014, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly tornado outbreak in Moore, Oklahoma, which contributed to the state’s designation as the site of the costliest U.S. READ MORE >>

In truth, all year is pretty much tornado season in Oklahoma. But the prime conditions begin around late March and go through August in a typical year. Oklahoma City, in fact, has more tornado strikes than any other city in the United States. Here are some tips to help prepare you for the tornado season, some of which could possibly save your life. READ MORE >>

Residents of tornado-prone Oklahoma already pay some of the highest rates for homeowners insurance in the nation — and rates are only going up. It's not uncommon for insurance companies to raise rates in a region after a catastrophe like the tornadoes that hit Okl... READ MORE >>

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The Oklahoma Insurance Department says nearly 76,000 claims have been filed since a series of violent tornadoes hit Oklahoma last month, killing dozens and injuring hundreds. Insurance Commissioner John Doak said Wednesday insurance payments from the storms are nearing $688 million. READ MORE >>

Insurance claims filed in response to several May tornadoes jumped to 60,308 Tuesday, with insurance payments topping $470 million, the state Insurance Department said. “These numbers are already staggering, and this is just the beginning,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. READ MORE >>

As tornado season intensifies, Oklahoma’s top insurance official said he is compiling a consumer bill of rights to let home and car owners know what their legal rights are when they are affected by severe weather or some other calamity. READ MORE >>

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