September 27, 2011
It's no secret the weather this year has been anything but typical for much of the nation. From heat in Texas, to flooding in the Midwest, to a hurricane on the East Coast, Mother Nature seems angry. And she unleashed her greatest fury this spring with killer tornadoes ravaging much of the South.
Thanks to the awful 2011 season, the public is getting serious about tornadoes and how to survive them. “Everyone is experiencing quite a surge right now,” says Ernst Kiesling, executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA), based at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where Kiesling also is a professor of civil engineering. He believes most precast producers have experienced increases similar to Barger's.