JOPLIN, MO.--- A federal study on the Joplin tornado releases results to help create new guidelines for storm safety. The National Institute of Standards and Technology conducted an exhaustive investigation of everything from the tornado's characteristics, to emergency communication and how residents reacted. Recommendations include develop national standards for tornado resistant buildings and infrastructure, create national codes for accurate emergency communications, and install community shelters at apartments, commercial buildings and schools.
"We know that the community shelters - when they're specifically designed for tornadoes- work. And we need to start putting those shelters into new structures," said Eric Letvin, NIST Director of Disaster and Failure Studies.
The agency has posted the 428 page draft report online. To view the report, click here.
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