Cobb to Present New Technique for Building Tornadoproof, Earthquakeproof Houses

cobbCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 5, 2012 – A Southeast Missouri State University professor of physics and engineering physics will give a presentation on a modern building technique that produces structures certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as tornado-proof and earthquake-proof March 14 on the Southeast campus.

The presentation is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Dr. Michael Cobb says catastrophic events involving tornadoes and earthquakes demonstrate how conventional building practices for housing are incapable of protecting the inhabitants.

“We still build houses much the same as we did hundreds of years ago,” Cobb said.

His talk will explore this modern technique, which involves building steel-reinforced thin concrete structures that are nearly indestructible. FEMA has subsidized the building of these structures at 90 percent of the cost for school districts needing storm shelters, he said.

“These houses are also fire-proof, termite-proof and extremely energy efficient,” Cobb said.