When disaster strikes America, a more skilled response

Map: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

Photos: (left) Firefighters break through concrete in the remains of Plaza Towers Elementary School. Workers in Moore, Okla., rescued more than 100 people from buildings. Maj. Geoff Legler/Oklahoma National Guard/Reuters

Firefighters warned people of the flooding danger along the Catawba River May 7, in Charlotte, NC. Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer/AP