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Moore, Joplin Officials Speaking at Disaster Resilience Workshop

The Oct. 27-28 National Institute of Standards and Technology workshop in Norman, Okla., will be the third in the series on developing a community-centric disaster resilience framework. Taken by FEMA's Andrea Booher, this photo shows the destruction in Moore, Okla., by an F5 tornado on May 20, 2013.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced it will host the third in a series of regional workshops devoted to developing a community-centric disaster resilience framework to mitigate the damage and speed recovery from disasters. This workshop will be held Oct. 27-28, 2014, in Norman, Okla.

NIST is leading this effort to develop a framework that U.S. communities can use to prepare for, resist, respond to, and recover from hazard events faster and at a lower cost. So the workshop's agenda includes repeated breakout sessions focused on key community elements – including buildings and facilities, transportation systems, energy systems, communication and information systems, and water and wastewater systems. Two breakout sessions will focus on the Disaster Resilience Standards Panel and on resilience tools and metrics.

The first day includes a plenary session featuring an interview with a representative of the city of Moore, Okla., where a 2013 tornado did major damage, and an emergency management official from Joplin/Jasper County, Mo., the site of a devastating tornado in 2011.

Optional tours of Norman's National Weather Center, which includes NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, the Norman National Weather Service Forecast Office, and the National Severe Storms Laboratory, are available on day two.

The workshop will be held at the National Center for Employee Development Conference Center and Hotel. NIST will incorporate input from this workshop into the initial draft framework, which will be issued for public comment in April 2015.

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