COSAM News Articles 2019 March NPR Interviews COSAM Faculty about Tornadoes in Lee County

NPR Interviews COSAM Faculty about Tornadoes in Lee County

Published: 03/05/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

Dr. Philip Chaney is an associate professor of Geography at Auburn University. For 21 years he has taught students about natural disasters and directly worked on research projects for Lee County Emergency Management Agency. Dr. Chaney worked with victims of previous tornadoes to understand their preparedness and how they responded during the storm. Recently, he researched potential sites for community tornado shelters including in the Smiths Station area where a tornado just devastated the local community.  

He was interviewed on March 4, 2019, by Russell Lewis, the Southern Bureau Chief for National Public Radio (NPR), for a story appearing in Morning Edition on March 5.

Dr. Chaney spoke about the importance of being aware of tornado warnings and understanding the time needed to respond. 

“You need to identify a safe place and practice the plan before a tornado warning is ever given,” shared Dr. Chaney. “It is critical that people know how much time they need to get to safety before they are in an emergency situation.”


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