Tornadoes Raise Questions About Preparedness and Climate Change : Consider This from NPR Five days after tornadoes first touched down in the Midwest and South of the U.S., survivors are coming to grips with what they have lost.

Of the several states that the storms tore through last weekend, Kentucky was the hardest hit. At least 74 people have been confirmed dead there. Many more are unaccounted for.

As survivors, volunteers, and officials sort through and pick up what's left, how might they think about shoring up homes, businesses and buildings for the future? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with University of Florida civil engineering professor David Prevatt about how to prepare buildings for tornadoes and hurricanes.

The severity and timing of these storms have also raised the question of whether climate change has anything to do with tornadoes. NPR correspondent Dan Charles reports.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Deadly Tornadoes Bring Heartbreak And Questions on Resiliency and Climate Change

Deadly Tornadoes Bring Heartbreak And Questions on Resiliency and Climate Change

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Debbie Cansler's son helps cleaning her destroyed home in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, on December 14, 2021, four days after tornadoes hit the area. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Debbie Cansler's son helps cleaning her destroyed home in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, on December 14, 2021, four days after tornadoes hit the area.

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Five days after tornadoes first touched down in the Midwest and South of the U.S., survivors are coming to grips with what they have lost.

Of the several states that the storms tore through last weekend, Kentucky was the hardest hit. At least 74 people have been confirmed dead there. Many more are unaccounted for.

As survivors, volunteers, and officials sort through and pick up what's left, how might they think about shoring up homes, businesses and buildings for the future? NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with University of Florida civil engineering professor David Prevatt about how to prepare buildings for tornadoes and hurricanes.

The severity and timing of these storms have also raised the question of whether climate change has anything to do with tornadoes. NPR correspondent Dan Charles reports.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Jonaki Mehta with help from Michael Levitt. It was edited by Ashley Brown and Lee Hale with help from Neela Banerjee and Russell Lewis. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.