What is already known:
What this study adds:
The purpose of this project is to gather initial actions and reactions from the public in response to the 10 May 2010 Norman, Oklahoma tornado. This is done in support of the National Severe Storms Laboratory's Warn-on-Forecast project for severe thunderstorm, tornado, and flash flood events. The tools and products that will be developed as part of the project are needed to improve warning for both the public and community stakeholders i.e. emergency managers, hospitals, and schools. This research study consisted of formally interviewing 6 individuals impacted by the May 10 storm and analyzing their responses. The majority of the interviewees did not feel any direct threat from the tornado during the early stages of storm development and advisories. Interestingly, with a longer lead-time promised by Warn-on-Forecast, most said they would still probably wait to obtain more information before taking any form of shelter or enact a safety plan. Most of the participants said it would be beneficial to see the expected track information Warn-on-Forecast will provide to help make their decisions on whether they felt the need to take safety measures. The results in this study will help to aid the National Severe Storms Laboratory in further development of the Warn-on-Forecast system with respect to public perspectives on longer lead times and other information needs.