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Allan White looks over diagrams on the effects of Hurricane Sandy during the Fourth Annual North Carolina Emergency Management/ East Carolina Hurricane Workshop held at the Murphy Center on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily  Reflector)

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Allan White looks over diagrams on the effects of Hurricane Sandy during the Fourth Annual North Carolina Emergency Management/ East Carolina Hurricane Workshop held at the Murphy Center on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Need for storm preparation

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The funerals have begun for children killed when their Oklahoma school exploded around them during a furious natural display — a tornado of such strength that nothing short of an underground shelter would have protected them. The deaths of these innocents likely will tip the balance toward that end.

After such storms pass, the victims, volunteers, first responders and government leaders are left standing in debris fields contemplating hard and expensive choices. This is happening in Oklahoma now in the wake of Monday’s tornadoes, while here this week officials gathered to ponder similar concerns and talk about what can be done about them.

The annual hurricane preparedness workshop was held at East Carolina University Wednesday, where keynote speaker Coast Guard Commander Linda Sturgis urged a “dusting off” of severe weather plans in the wake of last year’s Hurricane Sandy that ravaged the East Coast. Natural forces unique to the Atlantic Coast and Midwest pose threats that increasingly demand intervention before the fact.

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