Ala. Tornadoes: Survival Lessons

Survivors share ways they were able to protect themselves from deadly twisters.
7:55 | 01/24/12

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Some remarkable news from the National Weather Service today those -- -- tornadoes that tore through Alabama before dawn on Monday traveled a similar -- Of the devastating tornadoes last spring which means several towns were hit twice and hit hard. Two people died more than 100 were injured the other night but it could've been far worse and we wanted and now how so many survivors knew what to do. ABC's Steve us and -- is -- Jefferson County Alabama. So what happened here and and Jim Adams are struggling to understand why why them. Why their home -- 33 years was destroyed in the tornadoes last April. And why it happened again we're -- -- -- this term in the first. Because we knew what was -- This time most of the walls held but every window shattered sending them running for cover is we're in the photo -- -- lower and we think. What have -- done to deserve various -- -- -- The Adams and so many other families here had time to get to they're safe place. Tornado warning that because the warnings came -- western corner of the state. -- cost of forecasters started writing the -- last Thursday just days before the storm. While two people were killed in there -- many injuries authorities tell us tornadoes that strike at night often kill more. This time families were glued to their Smartphones. Michael Rogers received a tornado alert on -- -- that woke him up. Since Monday 20000 people here have downloaded the -- and signed on -- similar services. Because it's loud enough to alert -- -- -- story can get to a safe place for. Today authorities were counting their lessons learned. Warning residents that those sirens can't always be heard while you're sleeping behind soundproof walls -- -- ember reports arms are there outdoor. Warning devices outdoor. Out door not warning -- -- that I'm not an alarm clock awaken well when weather -- out. They also like to see no weather radios in every home everybody in this state has a smoke detector because it's the law. In we think that every home has to have. No weather radio. The University of Alabama at Birmingham has another suggested. They're encouraging families here to keep safety helmets underneath their beds at night because most fatalities and a tornado. Are caused by head and neck injuries from when the house comes crumbling down today willing Tiffany to -- shared the most important -- something they do again. They definitely -- in the bat. Because. It is stayed out. And Esterline room -- house that didn't spot -- and then. The plumbing held it together and they got out alive Steve -- on the ABC news play Alabama.

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