Because earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters continue to affect so many communities and people around the globe, Simpson Strong-Tie supports disaster relief and recovery efforts. The company also matches employees’ personal contributions to various disaster relief organizations, including the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Some of the major disasters we’ve helped assist in recovery include:
- April 2015 — a 7.8 earthquake and powerful aftershocks struck Nepal near Kathmandu, destroying half a million homes, and killing more than 8,500 people.
- May 2014 — Tornadoes and storms swept through several states in the south and midwest United States.
- August 2013 and 2014 — Powerful earthquakes in Yunnan Province, China.
- November 2013 — The Philippines were hit by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history.
- September 2013 — Colorado, USA suffered catastrophic flooding.
- May 2013 — Tornadoes and severe storms struck Oklahoma, USA.
- October 2012 — Hurricane Sandy devastated areas from the Caribbean to the northeastern U.S. and Canada.
- March 2011 — Japan was hit by a 9.0 earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami causing meltdowns at nuclear power plants in the region.
- December 2011 — Floods in Queensland, Australia, affected 70 towns and 200,000 people.
When damage occurs from a wind or seismic event in the U.S., some of our engineers are part of the safety assessment teams deployed to the area to assess the condition of affected structures and advise if structures are safe to inhabit. Our engineers also work in conjunction with groups like FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and FLASH® (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes), to evaluate the performance of design and construction methods and structural systems such as connectors, shearwalls, and anchors. This data is used to educate communities on ways to improve design and construction practices, and help mitigate future events.