All possible safeguards worthy of consideration.
Technology gives us an edge when severe weather approaches.
Meteorologists can predict storms and their threat earlier and more accurately than ever before.
Today's smartphones have the capability to issue tornado warnings, and weather radios also help.
While many people in the path of severe weather do acknowledge the warnings and head for cover, they still would be at risk if they become trapped and their location remains unknown.
With that in mind, some communities have pushed for residents to participate in storm shelter registries as a way to give emergency responders an idea of where to look should disaster strike.
A central registry for storm shelters has done as much in Oklahoma.
A state recently hit by killer tornadoes, Oklahoma is known for having a good number of homes without basements, due in part to dirt type and water levels. Some homeowners install their own shelters, such as stand-alone underground structures or above-ground safe rooms.
Online registries let residents share what type of shelter they have, and using a diagram on the registration page, show where on the property the shelter is located.
The information could be a lifesaver in helping emergency responders know where to search should debris block a shelter exit.
Kansas, on the other hand, tends to have more homes with basements, and arguably not the same need for storm shelter registries.
Garden City is among Kansas communities that do a good job of sharing details on the many public shelter locations for people without basements, or who may be caught away from home when danger strikes.
But knowing some homes don't have basements, it's also safe to say giving emergency responders more information could offer a heightened level of security. Officials in Hutchinson and Reno County recently suggested they'll take a look at storm shelter registries.
Of course, there's no foolproof way to dodge storms. Every year, deadly weather manages to claim lives.
Challenges for emergency responders in Kansas communities may not mirror those in some places in Oklahoma. Still, it never hurts to have more conversation on different ways to keep people safe.