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."