Tornado disaster--Kansas, 1991

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1992 Mar 13;41(10):181-3.


On April 26, 1991, 54 tornadoes swept across six midwestern states, causing 24 deaths and more than 200 injuries, requiring disaster-relief services for more than 8000 persons, and causing property damage of more than $250 million. In Kansas, one tornado, with wind speeds exceeding 260 mph, caused 17 deaths. The 46-mile path of the tornado led through Andover, Kansas (Butler County) (population: 4300), where the town's only outdoor warning siren failed. A mobile-home park (MHP) in Andover with 244 homes and one community storm shelter was struck by the tornado, resulting in the destruction of 205 (84%) of these homes. This report summarizes a poststorm survey, conducted by local health departments, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the American Red Cross, and CDC, to identify risk factors for injury and death among persons in the MHP.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Disasters*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kansas / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality*