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NIST Tornado Reports Urge New Standards for Saving Lives, Property
Release Date: 12/03/2013

Nationally accepted standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications can significantly reduce deaths … more

NIST to Announce Results of Study of 2011 Joplin, Mo., Tornado Disaster
Release Date: 11/19/2013

Destruction caused by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado that struck on May 22, 2011 causing 161 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries. The tornado … more

Knowing Exposure Risks Important to Saving Structures from Wildfires
Release Date: 09/03/2013

A recent study of one of California's most devastating wildland fires by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. … more

Two Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: 09/03/2013

Two earthquake authorities from academia and the private sector have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for … more

Workshop Identifies Research Priorities to Mitigate Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Release Date: 05/28/2013

Over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas at risk of wildfires. A new publication* from the National Institute of … more

Terracotta and Cement Roofs Vulnerable in Wildfires, NIST Study Finds
Release Date: 05/14/2013

Although made of fire-resistant materials, terracotta and cement roof tiles are vulnerable to penetration by windblown embers generated in … more

NIST, Forest Service Propose System to Help Communities Resist Wildfires
Release Date: 12/12/2012

Federal researchers have developed the first-ever rating system that allows communities to assess their risk from wildfires—on a … more

New York Taps NIST's Sunder for Post-Sandy Review of Critical Systems and Services
Release Date: 11/27/2012

S. Shyam Sunder, director of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has agreed to serve on the … more

Three Experts Named to Earthquake Advisory Board
Release Date: 10/02/2012

Three earthquake authorities from academia and the private sector have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, Under Secretary of Commerce for … more

NIST Report on Texas Fire Urges Firefighters to Consider Wind Effects
Release Date: 02/07/2012

Wind conditions at a fire scene can make a critical difference on the behavior of the blaze and the safety of firefighters, even indoors, … more

In Unique Fire Tests, Outdoor Decks Will Be Under Firebrand Attack
Release Date: 09/27/2011

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will unleash its Dragon—a NIST invention that bellows showers of glowing embers, or … more

Double Jeopardy: Building Codes May Underestimate Risks Due to Multiple Hazards
Release Date: 09/13/2011

As large parts of the nation recover from nature's one-two punch—an earthquake followed by Hurricane Irene—building researchers from the National … more

NIST researchers collected data following Joplin, Missouri, tornado
Release Date: 06/06/2011

A massive tornado, rated category EF5 (the most powerful on the Enhanced Fujita scale), hit Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. According to the U.S. … more

New Study Maps Out Steps to Strengthen U.S. Resilience to Earthquakes
Release Date: 03/30/2011

A new National Research Council (NRC) report presents a 20-year road map that outlines steps for increasing U.S. resilience to earthquakes, … more

Blast Resistance Standards For Trash Receptacles
Release Date: 06/23/2010

With summer travel season hard upon us, specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new … more

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