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NIST to Announce Results of Study of 2011 Joplin, Mo., Tornado Disaster

From NIST Tech Beat: November 19, 2013

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Contact: Michael E. Newman
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Destruction caused by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado that struck on May 22, 2011 causing 161 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries. The tornado was the deadliest single tornado since official U.S. recordkeeping began in 1950.
Credit: Jace Anderson/FEMA
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On May 22, 2011, a massive tornado struck Joplin, Mo., destroying some 8,000 structures in its path and killing 161 people. It was the single deadliest tornado in the United States in the 63 years that official records have been kept. On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a press briefing to announce the findings of its investigation into impacts of the tornado in Joplin. The report, which will be made available for public comment, includes findings on building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications, as well as recommendations for saving lives and property in future storms.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. Visit www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies/weather/joplin-event-112113.cfm for information on how to view the live webcast.

The Joplin tornado investigation builds on a partnership between the agency's Disaster and Failure Studies Program and the interagency National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program. For more information on the Joplin investigation, and NIST's 40-plus years of experience studying structural failures and fires, visit www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies.