ASCE Expresses Condolences, Urges Donations to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims

May 23, 2013

The American Society of Civil Engineers expresses its condolences to all affected by the stunning devastation unleashed by the tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20. According to leaders of ASCE’s Oklahoma Section and Oklahoma City Branch, no Society members have reported being harmed directly.

ASCE is encouraging members who want to help the victims to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross, the Society’s longstanding partner for disaster relief. A text message of REDCROSS to 90999 sends $10 instantly, which then appears in the cell phone carrier’s next statement. Donations of any amount may be made at any time through the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund website. The Red Cross also encourages blood donations at local blood banks.

News reports seek Society members’ expertise

At 1.3 miles wide, with speeds of up to 210 mph, the tornado that tore through the southern Oklahoma City area was an EF5, the most powerful category possible, the National Weather Service reported. The force of this tornado has prompted questions about what can be done to limit the damage inflicted by such tornadoes in the future. For answers, nearly a dozen major news outlets have turned to ASCE members.

NBC News spoke with Andrew J. Graettinger, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, a University of Alabama civil engineering professor who was part of an ASCE reconnaissance team that studied damage from the May 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. Read the NBC News story. Other ASCE members used as expert sources in stories have included Scott Tezak, P.E., BSCP, M.ASCE, and William F. Coulbourne, P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE.

Free access to ASCE papers on rebuilding after a tornado

For a limited time, ASCE is granting free access to a selection of relevant technical papers from journals and conferences. These papers cover ways to rebuild after a tornado with greater resiliency, reducing the potential loss of life and property in a future strike. The papers are free to registered users and subscribers of the ASCE Library through July 31. Visit the special ASCE Library page.

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