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National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program Office

NIST is designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP). This Office coordinates the NWIRP research and implementation activities for the four NWIRP agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

2020 Disaster Resilience Grants Program

Specific areas of research currently being solicited through the Disaster Resilience Grant 2020 funding opportunity include the development, advancement, and deployment of new sensors and methods to collect high spatiotemporal resolution data on windstorm phenomena to improve understanding of surface level wind features, extreme rainfall, and storm surge hazard information of relevance to:

  • wind and structural engineering risk assessment, analysis, and design and/or
  • high resolution meteorological modeling applications, such as embedded mesovortices and tornadoes in landfalling tropical cyclones.

National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program Staff

Scott Weaver  Director 301 975-5983
Marc Levitan Research Wind Engineer 301 975-5340
Dereka Carroll-Smith Research Meteorologist  

News and Updates


2018 Disaster Resilience Symposium

Tue, Aug 14 - Wed, Aug 15 2018
The Engineering Laboratory at NIST, Gaithersburg, will be hosting a symposium featuring the 2016 Disaster Resilience