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NIST issues final report of safety recommendations following Joplin tornado

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology issues its final report of safety recommendations stemming from the Joplin tornado.  The final report includes recommendations to improve communication and weather emergencies.

It also calls for a new national standard for building structures stronger, able to withstand stronger winds.  The NIST believes before the tornado, many structures in Joplin were not built to withstand 132 mph winds.  The NIST wants buildings across the nation to withstand at least 132 mph winds.

One Joplin building code inspector says several of the NIST's recommendations have already been put to standardized use in the city.

"If a homeowner is going to remodel their house and they open the walls up and expose the framing, then there are some changes that we would require at that point to upgrade the framing to meet our current standards.  But we don't go back just as an overall blanket and say every building in the city needs to do these things," says Bryan Wicklund, a building official with the City of Joplin.

The NIST also wants changes to the Enhanced Fujita Scale that's used to rate the strength of tornadoes.  

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