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No one had to die in Oklahoma


Alan Peck, who has relatives living near devastated Moore, Okla., considers how a rational society would prepare for disasters like the recent F5 tornado.

WHEN MY eyes caught the words "thoughts are with Oklahoma" on a friend's Facebook status update, my heart skipped a beat. As I hurriedly scanned the first article that I found, I saw the words "devastation" and "Moore," and my stomach tightened.

I dialed my father's house and got that line-disconnected signal. The tears followed. I was pretty sure that the Moore Medical Center, which the article had described as "destroyed," was where my father works...or, now, worked. Reports were...