Storm Resilient Structures with Dan Zehner of NHERI

Designsafe-Logo-NHERIAfter the tornados were so devastating to structures in Alabama in early March, the hosts of the Disaster Podcast decided to reach out to Dan Zehner at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). Dan is the host of the DesignSafe Radio podcast. Dan shares some of the resources and techniques to examine and test structural components in the face of extreme weather events. Various facilities associated with NHERI around the U.S. take part in the structural testing used to improve building practices and codes to create resilient communities.

Tornados ripped through parts of the southeastern United States last week. We decided to dedicate an episode last week with our disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson to talk about the extreme weather event. Kyle discussed the classification of tornados, how the National Weather Service comes in after an event like this and evaluates damage to assign an Enhanced Fujita Scale rating to the individual twisters.

The string of tornados was particularly devastating to parts of Alabama. One area in Lee County was struck by storms where 23 people lost their lives in an EF 4 tornado that was reported to be a half mile wide at one point.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

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