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  • In the community survey, 66% of persons that were not in shelters at the time of the tornado didnít know or werenít sure of where the nearest shelter was located.
  • In the random telephone survey that was conducted later in the OCMSA, respondents were asked two questions. First, they were asked if they knew the location of the nearest storm shelter at the time of the tornado. 37% of respondents said they didnít know or werenít sure of the location of the nearest storm shelter at the time of the tornado. That question was followed by a second question about whether they knew the location at the time of the telephone interview (14 to 17 months later). 32% of respondents said that they didnít know or werenít sure. Of those, 17% of said they had storm shelters on their home premises at the time of the telephone interview, compared to 14% who said that they had a storm shelter on their home premises at the time of the tornado.
  • We can estimate from this data that a slight increase in the knowledge and availability of shelters occurred among OCMSA residents following the May 3 tornadoes.