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NFPA Journal underscores the lessons learned from the Joplin tornado disaster

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Jan 23, 2014

Joplin Tornado
The 2011 tornado that decimated Joplin, Missouri, is considered the deadliest single tornado on record; more than 160 people died and more than 1,000 others were injured in the event.

Following the tornado, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reviewed a variety of codes and standards, and in a new report has concluded that the U.S. should adopt codes better suited toward resisting the debilitating effects of tornadoes. The recent edition of NFPA Journal outlines additional findings from this report and relevant NFPA codes and standards related to this topic, including NFPA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

"Based on our significant body of research and observations from such events, our scientific understanding of tornadoes and their effects has matured substantially," says Eric Letvin, director of NIST’s disaster and failure studies. "The overarching conclusion of our two-year study is that death and destruction from tornadoes can be reduced. It’s time to begin developing and implementing standards and codes that directly address tornado hazards."

Check out Journal's "In a Flash" section for this story, an update on the Tesla car fires, and the renaming of a Boston street that commemorates the historic Cocoanut Grove Fire.

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