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Although records show a 3-year decline in tornado-related deaths, the trend could reverse between now and May, the peak tornado month. Therefore, NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) are urging that the public be prepared to take the appropriate safety measures. ‘It is vital that people not relax their vigilance against these destructive storms,’ Richard E. Hallgren, director of the National Weather Service (NWS) said. ‘If they do, we could witness an unwarranted number of casualties.’