After the "Joplin recommendations," a technical study of the May 22, 2011, tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, were released, the NIST met with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Code Council since each develops building and design standards. The research "could lead to new standards for building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications that can reduce deaths and property damage losses caused by tornadoes," Wally Kennedy writes.

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