The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) was established by Congress “…to achieve major measurable reductions in the losses of life and property from windstorms through a coordinated Federal effort, in cooperation with other levels of government, academia, and the private sector, aimed at improving the understanding of windstorms and their impacts and developing and encouraging the implementation of cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce those impacts.”
With the enactment of PL 114-52 (the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015) on September 30, 2015, NIST has been designated as the Lead Agency for NWIRP. Other designated Program agencies are the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has also participated in NWIRP from its inception with PL 108-360 in 2004. Summaries of past NWIRP activities are available in the Program’s biennial reports to Congress (available at top right).
As the lead agency, NIST has the primary responsibility for planning and coordinating the Program. This responsibility includes
Statutory responsibilities for each of the Program agencies are summarized as below:
Wind Engineering and Coastal Inundation Project—The project develops the 21st century procedures needed for achieving designs that are safe, sustainable, and economical under extreme winds and coastal inundation, consistent with priorities …
National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program —NIST is designated by Congress as one of four agencies comprising the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program or NWIRP (other agencies are FEMA, NOAA, and NSF), with OSTP as the lead agency. …
NWIRP Biennial Reports to CongressFY 2013-2014FY 2011-2012 (includes FY2007-2010 activities in appendices)FY 2005-2006