Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 2, 1968 · Page 24
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 24

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TUBSbAY, HfL¥ 2, 1968 ALTON EVENING Tornado Warnings Inadequate *s> TWN torn KANSAS CITY (At») - only one out every id towns in the U.S. tornado belt has an adequ ite warning system, says Allen Pearson, director of the Weather Bureau's National severe Storms forecast Center. '•And this is an improvement from what it was a few years ago," he adds. Pearson and others were asked about the nation's tornado readiness status in the wake of a neawecord barrage of twisters that battered the Midwest May 15. The winds killed 45 persons in northeastern Arkansas and 16 in northeastern Iowa, with property damage estimated at more than $45 million. Pearson reported that on May 15 his office issued 11 tornado watches— alerts disseminated to news media, Civil Defense officials and others that conditions Hearing Aid-Not for Me! I am not hard of hearing. It's just when 4 or S people talk, words seem to run together. One day a lawyet friend of mine told me about a little capsule that fits all- in-the-eor. ><ow, I hear like I rised to. It costs me about 2e a day. If you have trouble hearing, even the slightest amount of trouble, write to me for a free try. Just a limited supply. Write HEARING, P.O. Box 154, Florissant, Mo. 63082. were right for twisters to develop. But the May 15 alerts did not prevent death and destruction. take for example the town of JonesbOro, Ark., where 34 persons were killed. Jonesboro was included in a tornado watch issued at 9:20 p.m. The twister struck about 30 minutes later and caught most citizens by surprise, many of them in their beds. Jonesboro, although situated in an area frequently raked by tornadoes, has no warning siren. Officials explained they did not feel they needed one, since [he town it said had never been hit before. Gene Talbert, Arkansas Civil Defense director, said Jonesboro and Craighead County now plan jointly to hire a fulltime livil Defense chief. "Actually, 1 think we've got a good tornado warning system in Arkansas," said Talbert. "The Weather Bureau does a tremendous job cooperating with us." The same day of the Arkansas :ornado. the Weather Bureau issued a watch at 2:35 p.m. for an area including Charles City, [owa. A twister funnel was spotted southwest of town at 4:20 .pm., and the storm struck at 4:52 p.m. Thirteen persons died. Although they had plenty of warning, Charles City officials did not sound the town's fire siren to get citizens into a shelter. Charles City Mayor Harry L. Brentpn said the town's fire chief decided against sounding the fire alarm because it would have "pulled a lot of kids out in the streets. It always does. 1 think it was a wise decision." Brenton said the town's factory whistles now are coordinated with the fire department and they will be sounded in case of tornadoes until a new city hall, with tornado siren is erected, does Special Report: erected. Pearson and his Weather Bureau companies emphasize all they can do is warn residents of the possibility of twisters,and the rest is up to them. "There's nothing you can do to save property," Pearson explained, "but give people five tiinutes, and they can save themselves." Pearson advocates that every community % set'up a Civil Defense group or similar organization of volunteers to act as tornado spotters when alerted by the Weather Bureau. Sirens are all right, he said, but uneven topography often prevents the sound from reach- ng all parts of town. He suggests radio and television stations—the prime means of communicating storm warn ings—install Weather Bureau news printers. The ideal method, said Pear son, is the. Emergency Broad cast System, BBS in which ra dio stations transmit a special signal that automatically turns on radio sets to broadcast warn ings. EBS radios are installed in away for a minute A minute is long enough, lady. More than enough to steal your car when it's sitting there, unlocked, keys in the ignition. (76% of stolen cars were left unlocked—nearly half also had ignition keys.) The worst that may happen to you is to have to walk home carrying the groceries. But remember this, stolen cars have 200 times moire accidents. Most cars are stolen by teen-agers less than 18. Your carelessness is their temptation. Your car might be the stolen car that doesn't stop at the school crossing. he principal's office of every school, in Kansas City, the meteorologist said. 'Generally, if people have been affected by a tornado before or know someone who has, hey do all the right things,'! said Pearson. Don't lielp a boy go bad. When you park, take your keys. Advertising contributed -for the public good in cooperation with The Advertising Council and fee International Newspaper Advertising Executive*. Dangerous ifeNot A Rarity By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP)—Everyone praises the excitement of life too much and under appreciates the importance of boredom as an escort and companion of longevity. For the last two generations almost every graduating class of every .high school and college in the land has been sternly admonished by every commencement speaker to "live dangerously." It is as meaningless today to advise people to "live dangerously" as it would be to give them a merit badge for jaywalking. Every human being now is born into danger and his big sweaty-palmed hope is how to get his being away from that disturbing condition.' How can you make your existence more wholesomely boring? Well, for example, you might- Make an interesting collection of nonusable items such as packaged soap from torn-down hotels and the timetables of passenger trains that no longer run. School yourself to play croquet not adventuresomely but defensively. When other guys at a cocktail party are going into fhe> kitchen to sneak a kiss from then- neighbors' wives, stay in the living room and wonder aloud whal the world is coming to. Avoid taking any action. Instead, offer advice to those who are considering taking actions. Make it a policy never to be the first to enter into a bar when it opens or the last to leave before it closes. The middle hour is usually safest of all times. Be wary of inciting yourself by your own emotions. If anything thrills you for any reason, take two aspirin tablets. Lie down, take a nap. Got the idea? Okay, remember if you want to enjoy the feeling that life is endless, it is up to you to be sure that you manufacture your own boredom. No tedium can be as eternal as the one you make for yourself. "You don't have to tell people in, say, fopeka what to do. They've been through it, and they're believers. "But most people go through their entire life \yithout ever seeing a tornado. 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