This study was supported in part by funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents of this paper are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of these agencies. The authors acknowledge Jerry R. Nida, former Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, for mandating tornado-injuries-reportable conditions. We also acknowledge Robert Vincent, Deputy Commissioner of Health Promotion and Policy Analysis; Randolph Daley; Tim Davis; Dennis Christianson; Julie Gilchrist; Dahna Batts-Osborne; Karen Lee; and Christian Hanson for technical support. The authors give special acknowledgment to Sharon Asher, Fred Jordon, Ray Blakeney, and the staff of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for conducting family interviews and providing reports. In addition, we thank all of the hospitals for their assistance. We acknowledge Jami Canada, Leonard (Sam) Samuel III, Tori Johnson, Kali Farmer, John Bos, Ruth Azeredo, Patricia Hays-Moore, Nita Clark, Patricia Petersen, Jan White, Sandy Van Patten, Diana Lambert, Shelli Stephens Stidham, and John Pagonis for conducting community surveys and chart reviews, mailing surveys, completing data entry, and assisting in the data analysis and for technical consultations. We also thank the OSDH and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center volunteers for conducting community surveys. We thank Nancy Kinman for all of her assistance, including preparing the manuscript and graphics.
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