UF Engineer Heads to Oklahoma to Assess Tornado Damage
Published May 28th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - As more storms threaten the Midwest, a team from north central Florida is flying into the danger zone to learn how to protect people here at home.
Dr. David Prevatt is an assistant professor of civil and coastal engineering at the University of Florida. He traveled to both Joplin, Mo. and Tuscaloosa, Ala. after last year's deadly string of tornadoes.
On Tuesday, he left Gainesville to once again assess storm damage, this time in Moore, Okla., the town ravaged by last week's massive EF-5 tornado. Prevatt says he will survey the damage left behind to understand how buildings can be engineered to withstand future catastrophic events, such as this one.
"The reason we are going there is because we believe we can design tornado-resilient structures," said Prevatt. "We need the evidence of how buildings perform right now so that we know what to do in the future."
Prevatt hopes that anything learned from this disaster in Moore can be applied here in north central Florida to strengthen buildings that may be built to withstand a hurricane, but not necessarily a tornado.
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