AN EF 4 TORNADO STRIKES LAMBERT AIRPORT IN NORTH ST LOUIS COUNTY, MISSOURI DAMAGE, BUT--- A MIRACLE: NO DEATHS FRIDAY, APRIL 22 Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, University of North Carolina, USA
PRIORITIES OF AN AIRPORT:1) OVERALL SAFETY2) BUSINESS CONTINUITY3) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY
Friday evening's storm at Lambert International Airport ripped away a large section of the main terminal's roof and blew out windows, forcing the airport to close and divert incoming flights to other cities.
Working in a crisis mode, 1,000 workers were able to accomplish enough repairs for the airport to resume partial operations safely by Saturday night
NEARLY SIMULTANEOUSLY, TORNADOES WERE CAUSING MAJOR DAMAGE IN NORTH ST LOUIS COUNTY APRIL 22, 2011
ADVANCE WARNING SAVED LIVES The National Weather service issued a warning 34 minutes before the tornado hit.
ADVANCE WARNING SAVED LIVES Tornado sirens blared and Local TV stations turned away from network programming to focus on the pending disaster.
ADVANCE WARNING SAVED LIVES Many families waited out the storm in their basements.