Talking Tornadoes on Television: FPL "safe room" research in the news


FPL’s debris launcher.

Spurred by a recent outbreak of tornadoes across the U.S., a Milwaukee news team visited the Forest Products Laboratory to talk about what we’re doing to help keep people safer in these life-threatening storms.

FPL engineer Bob Falk explained his research on developing affordable safe rooms that homeowners can build into their existing homes to provide shelter from tornadoes. WISN meteorologist Chris Gloninger and his cameraman were also treated to a firing of FPL’s debris launcher, which fires 2 by 4 lumber missiles 100 mph at test walls, courtesy of FPL engineer James Bridwell.

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