This year approximately 1,000 tornadoes have ripped through the United States, killing more than 480 people and causing millions of dollars in property damage. Homes, businesses and schools have been reduced to debris.
Quality construction, supported by the adoption of appropriate local and state building codes, is key to preventing such large-scale destruction. The ability of any structure to withstand tornado or hurricane force winds and the resulting projectiles hinges on the use of appropriate building materials and a proper design.
Buildings with a high degree of durability can decrease the use of community resources when disasters occur. Increased resistance to natural disasters reduces the number of destroyed buildings, allows communities to recover quickly and saves human life.