May 21, 2013

Tornado Devastates Oklahoma Town

Earlier this week, a powerful tornado tore through the town of Moore, Okla., leaving behind a path of destruction that included a hospital, two schools, and many homes and businesses. This disaster is a reminder of the need for communities and the nation as a whole to evaluate best practices for disaster preparedness, response, and resilience.

These issues are addressed in several reports by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine that may be of particular interest to officials confronting the challenges of predicting, withstanding, and recovering from disasters. In addition, the Disasters Roundtable -- made up of leading experts in disaster preparedness and recovery -- regularly holds workshops to discuss disaster-related topics. Studies by the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment address the resilience of buildings and other infrastructure to natural and man-made disasters. And the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events holds broad-ranging policy discussions to facilitate coordination and cooperation to develop and enhance the nation's medical and public health preparedness.