Locals still looking forward 5 years after tornados rip though the Heartland
By: Ryan Tate
Five years after the F-4 tornado ripped through Carter and Butler Counties, the scars remain, and mother nature's influence is still felt.
Rick Sliger heads up the Butler County Emergency Management Agency. Five years ago, Sliger was a Sheriff's Deputy with the Butler County Sheriff's Department. "It was a terrible day," Sliger said. "There was so much damage."
Since 2002, the Butler County EMA has upgraded its emergency response procedures and equipment. The county received funding for new weather radar, and received a grant to put up 11 storm sirens throughout the county. "We know have procedures in place, with law enforcement, firefighters, to combat a similar situation," Sliger said. He added that storm spotters gather every time a storm is pending, to make sure they can adequately track the storms. "We're much more prepared than we were five years ago," Sliger said.