Jacksonville State University continues to celebrate the one year anniversary of the catastrophic tornado by revealing an oral history project that will be remembered for years to come. The university held a lunch and learn event to help prepare people in the act of another natural disaster. During this event, professors and students from the Department of Emergency Management revealed a study that began two months after the tornado. The study showed people’s reactions and responses from the tornado.
An idea was then established to create an emergency preparedness video to better inform people on campus what to do in the act of a natural disaster. An oral history project is also being created that has dozens of interviews from tornado victims sharing their experiences. The audio recorded interviews will be archived in the Houston Cole Library so that people can listen and learn for years to come.
The JSU campus preparedness video will remain on the schools website. Professor Kushma also says that Emergency Management students will continue conducting interviews for the oral history project as long as people want to continue sharing their stories.