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Hoosiers Offering Assistance To Oklahoma Relief Efforts

Last updated on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

(UNDATED) - Indiana is responding to the Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.

The Midwest Food Bank Indianapolis division will be sending five semi-truck loads of food and disaster relief goods today to locations adjacent to the city of Moore, Oklahoma--where most of the devastation has been felt.

A semi will leave Friday carrying paper products, diapers, and personal care items to support families with small children that have been left homeless by the disaster.

Study To Determine Building Weaknesses

As recovery continues from the deadly EF-5 tornado in Oklahoma, a study is currently being conducted on how to better equip buildings to withstand the force of tornadoes.

Fred Haan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, says they are looking for information on how buildings perform in these types of storms. He says they've done a lot of research with small models in a tornado simulator. Haan says they're trying to understand the tornado-induced wind loads on those models.

He says the goal is to come up with design guidelines for building structures that can withstand tornadoes.

Haan says when damage assessments are being done, they look for information on how buildings perform in a storm. He says they have to take into account the age of the structure and how well it was put together in the first place.

He adds a lot of buildings, specifically homes, can be better equipped to handle tornadoes simply by strengthening connection points in the building's framework and foundation.

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