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1. Final Report, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011, Tornado in Joplin, Missouri
Series: National Construction Safety Team Act Reports (NIST NCSTAR)
Report Number: 3
Published: 3/26/2014
Authors: Erica D Kuligowski, Franklin T Lombardo, Long Thanh Phan, Marc L Levitan, David P. Jorgensen
Abstract: This is the final report of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation of the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, conducted under the National Construction Safety Team Act. This report describes the wind field of th ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=915628

2. General Guidance on Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings, 2nd Edition
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Report Number: 1827
Published: 2/14/2014
Authors: Erica D Kuligowski, Hidemi Omori
Abstract: When a building emergency occurs, it is not always sufficient to simply initiate alarm bells. Individuals may not know what the alarm bell means and as a result may respond inappropriately to its sound. Many buildings have installed mass notificat ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=914701

3. Preliminary Reconnaissance of the May 20, 2013, Newcastle-Moore Tornado in Oklahoma
Series: Special Publication (NIST SP)
Report Number: 1164
Published: 12/3/2013
Authors: Erica D Kuligowski, Long Thanh Phan, Marc L Levitan, David P. Jorgensen
Abstract: This is a report on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reconnaissance to collect information on the performance of one critical facility and two educational facilities in the May 20, 2013, Newcastle-Moore tornado in Oklahoma. ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=914721

4. Guidance on Fire Emergency Procedures for Emergency Stair Travel Devices
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Report Number: 1824
Published: 11/26/2013
Author: Erica D Kuligowski
Abstract: This document provides specific detailed guidance and recommendations on the use of emergency stair travel devices, or stair descent devices, for evacuation of persons with mobility impairments during fire emergencies in buildings. The people who w ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=914685

5. Draft Final Report, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011, Tornado in Joplin, Missouri (NIST NCSTAR 3) ***Draft for Public Comments***
Series: National Construction Safety Team Act Reports (NIST NCSTAR)
Report Number: 3
Published: 11/21/2013
Authors: Erica D Kuligowski, Franklin T Lombardo, Long Thanh Phan, Marc L Levitan, David P. Jorgensen
Abstract: This is the final report of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation of the May 22, 2011, tornado in Joplin, Missouri, conducted under the National Construction Safety Team Act. This report describes the wind field of t ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=914787

6. The Process of Verification and Validation of Building Fire Evacuation Models
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Report Number: 1822
Published: 11/21/2013
Authors: Enrico Ronchi, Erica D Kuligowski, Paul A Reneke, Richard D Peacock, Daniel Nilsson
Abstract: To date, there is no International standard on the methods and tests to assess the verification and validation (V&V) of building fire evacuation models, i.e., model testers adopt inconsistent procedures or tests designed for other model uses. For i ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=913642

7. General Guidance on Emergency Communication Strategies for Buildings
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Report Number: 1779
Published: 2/12/2013
Author: Erica D Kuligowski
Abstract: When a building emergency occurs, it is not always sufficient to simply initiate alarm bells. Individuals may not know what the alarm bell means and as a result may respond inappropriately to its sound. Many buildings have installed mass notif ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=912538

8. Progress Report National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011, Tornado in Joplin, Missouri (NISTSP 1139)
Series: Special Publication (NIST SP)
Report Number: 1139
Published: 11/15/2012
Authors: Erica D Kuligowski, Franklin T Lombardo, Long Thanh Phan, Marc L Levitan, David P. Jorgensen
Abstract: On June 29, 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it would conduct a technical investigation of the tornado that struck Joplin, MO, on May 22, 2011. In November 2011, NIST released a draft plan for the s ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=912461

9. Evacuation of People with Disabilities on Stairs
Published: 9/18/2012
Authors: Erica D Kuligowski, Bryan Hoskins, Richard D Peacock, Emily Anne Wiess
Abstract: The time that it takes a population to reach safety when descending a stairwell during building evacuations is typically described by measureable engineering variables. These engineering variables include stairwell geometry, speed, density, and pre ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=911764

10. More Thoughts on Defaults
Published: 9/18/2012
Authors: Steve M.V. Gwynne, Erica D Kuligowski, Michael Spearpoint
Abstract: In this paper, the use of default values in egress models is explored and specific values are proposed to combat issues of model misuse. The authors suggest that defaults should represent the most credibly conservative estimates available for core ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=911655



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