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Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters, and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths and the steep economic costs of property damage caused by tornadoes. That is the key conclusion of a two-year technical investigation by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the impacts of the 22 May 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri. The recommendations are featured in a draft report issued for public comment today and announced at a press briefing held at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. A NIST release reports that the NIST study is the first to scientifically assess the impact of a tornado in four major categories: tornado characteristics, building performance, human behavior and emergency communication — and the impact of each on life-safety, the ability to protect people from injury or death. It also is the first to recommend that standards and model codes be developed and adopted for designing buildings to better resist tornadoes:
More than 50 InterAction members are part of the massive global response to help deliver life-saving assistance to families and communities affected by the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan. To help build support for the considerable immediate and longer-term relief efforts, InterAction has partnered with the Ad Council in a national public service ad campaign to encourage Americans to help, while reminding them that monetary donations are the most effective way to give. The campaign, consisting of TV, radio, print and web-banner ads, directs people to PhilippinesRelief.AdCouncil.org, where they can contribute to InterAction’s list of member organizations responding to this crisis. Other partners include the Center for International Disaster Information, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, The UPS Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Last week, President Obama also called on Americans to give generously to the Philippine relief effort, announcing a new donation site at whitehouse.gov/typhoon, which features a link to InterAction’s crisis response list of members.