What would it take to reduce deaths from tornadoes in the US?
1) Improving the quality of the forecasts (accuracy, specificity, lead time)
2) Improving communication of the forecast messages (sender, receiver)
3) Improving preparedness (education, safety options)
Challenges exist in all of these areas and in their interplay. In particular, the lack of understanding of response and needs of user communities makes prioritizing efforts difficult.
Finally, some thoughts will be offered on the existence and desirability of the assumed societal goal.