Civil Engineer Says Buildings Will Need To Prepare for Stronger Storms (NPR)

Civil Engineer Says Buildings Will Need To Prepare for Stronger Storms

David Otway Prevatt, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Florida, shared with NPR’s Audie Cornish about how to prepare buildings for tornadoes following a series of deadly storms.

“Here in the University of Florida, we have been dealing with hurricanes and hurricane damage to buildings since 1992, with Hurricane Andrew,” Dr. Prevatt said. “Essentially, the same things that are required for hurricane damage is required for tornado damage, and that is continuous and strong vertical load path that ties every component from the roof to the walls to the foundation and integrates that entire building together.”

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