April 19, 1995 was a day that will never be forgotten in the Urban Search and Rescue community as 168 people, including 19 children, were killed when a truck bomb detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah building. Nearly 300 other buildings were damaged or destroyed however the main operational site was the 9-story federal building. US&R workers from all over the country responded and worked tirelessly, with the ever-famous “widow-maker” slab of concrete perilously suspended above until it was secured. This tragic event propelled the US&R program and many valuable lessons were learned and built upon as a result. This event, like the other major incidents remains etched in history but even more strongly, in the minds of all the responders and the community involved.
In recent weeks, a series of deadly tornadoes have swept through the southern United States, leaving behind a trail of devastation and destruction. The tornadoes,