When the Sirens Were Silent

When the Sirens Were Silent

by Mike Smith

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As a wedding, a high school graduation, and shopping trips were in progress, an invisible monster storm was developing west of Joplin, Missouri. When it arrived, many were caught unaware.

One hundred sixty-one perished and one thousand were injured. "When the Sirens Were Silent" is the gripping story of the Joplin tornado. It recounts that horrible day and what went wrong with the storm warning system with a goal of insuring this does not happen again.

The book is dedicated to the People of Joplin.

The book gives you the tools you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Included are clever lift-out copies of the latest tornado safety rules for homes, schools, and offices.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014433211
Publisher: Mennonite Press, Mike Smith Enterprises, LLC
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 65
Sales rank: 510,184
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mike Smith has been passionate about weather and saving lives since he was five years old. A major tornado moved through his neighborhood and destroyed his kindergarten which set the course for the rest of his life.

After being a television meteorologist in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, and Wichita, Mike founded WeatherData, Inc. in 1981. It quickly became the leading company in the field of business-to-business warnings of extreme weather.

Mike sold the assets of WeatherData to AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions in 2006 and has stayed on as Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive.

In addition to his business acumen, Mike is a certified consulting meteorologist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. In 1992, he received the Society's highest award in the field of applied meteorology for his work in creating innovative storm warning techniques. In 2000, WeatherData won the highest award for corporate meteorology for its outreach to government and academic meteorologists. AccuWeather received the same award for corporate meteorology in 2011.

Mike is a frequent public speaker across the United States.

In addition to his books, "When the Sirens Were Silent" and "Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather," Smith has written numerous scientific and technical articles about weather and applied weather science. He is also a published photographer and is the inventor on 19 U.S. and foreign patents.

Mike is married, the father of three grown children, and resides in Wichita.

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When the Sirens Were Silent 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a storm spotter in SWMO this book is incredible . The book is to the point with facts and a descriptive veiw of the events that tragic day on May 22 2011 here in Joplin MO. The best read ..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the Sirens Were Silent reviews in chilling minute-by-minute detail what the meteorologists, media, and citizens did right and seriously wrong, leading to the Joplin tornado's high death toll. Smith also gives simple, smart advice on how to build a safe plan for families, schools, and businesses. It's a must-read for anyone living in Tornado Alley (along with Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather). I give this short book a four ONLY because you absolutely must read Mike Smith's Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather to really appreciate the information in this book, which is a continuation of the first book as opposed to a stand-alone title.