The National Institute of Standards and TechnologyÂ will spearheadÂ a federal program that aims to studyÂ wind behavior in a push to cut the risk of loss of life and property damage fromÂ windstorms.
NIST said Tuesday theÂ National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program covers three long-term strategic goals along with 14 key objectives and seven research priorities that will help facilitate the implementation of theÂ strategies.
“This plan maps out a pathway to better understand, assess the impact from, and protect against windstorms,” said Marc Levitan, acting NWIRP director atÂ NIST.
NIST willÂ collaborateÂ with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation to coordinate research, development, implementation, education and outreach activities related to theÂ windstorm impact reduction effort.
TheÂ Federal Highway Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Energy Department will also supportÂ efforts to understandÂ windstorm processes and hazards, educateÂ ground-level winds impact communities and increase community resilience to windstorms.
NIST on Tuesday released a public notice inÂ the Federal RegisterÂ to seek feedback fromÂ organizations and individuals on the draft NWIRP strategic plan.
The agency will gather public commentsÂ until May 15.