"The action research method was used to develop a program for tracking the location of tornado safe rooms in Autauga County and the City of Prattville, Alabama. The problem was that private residential tornado safe rooms were not consistently registered in a central database enabling rescuers to quickly locate and free people. The purpose of this research project was to locate tornado shelters in the county and city, have the information uploaded in to the computer aided dispatch system at the Autauga County Dispatch Center (911), and entered into the Geographic Information System (GIS) map of Autauga County. A further goal was to set ongoing protocol to register future shelters. This project focused on answering the following questions: 1. What single family residents had tornado safe rooms? 2. How many of the single family residence with tornado safe rooms were registered in a central database? 3. How was the information about tornado safe rooms used by the fire department to systematically rescue people trapped inside debris covered safe rooms? 4. What ongoing recording and registering system could be put in place to improve the outcome of the community if a tornado did strike?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/