Texas Tech University

Larry Tanner, P.E., R.A.


Assistant Research Professor

Email: larry.tanner@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2320

Fax: (806) 742-3446


National Wind Institute
MS 43155
Lubbock, TX 79409-3155

Current CV:  Larry Tanner CV

Biographical Sketch:

Larry Tanner, P.E. has 30 years of service to TTU which includes: 20 years as Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering and College of Architecture, 10 years as Director of Facility Planning & Construction, and 20 years of overlapping service as Storm Damage Researcher and Manager of the Debris Impact Facility. Mr. Tanner has been the Manager of Debris Impact Facility (DIF) for 19 years, performing work for national, international clients and individual tests doing tornado and hurricane shelter research and testing. The most recent research was the Pressure and Impact Performance of Non-complying Tornado Shelter Doors.

As the DIF Manager, Mr. Tanner led his lab into ISO 17025 International Accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Mr. Tanner has 20 years working with FEMA doing storm research and co-authoring original publications and updates: FEMA P-320 "Taking Shelter from the Storm", FEMA P-361"Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Room", FEMA P-431 "Tornado Protection– Selecting Best Available Refuge Areas in Buildings.", and Aerial Surveillance and Field Inspection of four major storms and the co-authoring of FEMA Publications P-342, P-549, P-757, and P-908. Mr. Tanner has conducted 13 Total Storm Investigations and 3 Testimonies to Texas State House and Senate Subcommittees regarding the use of building codes for mitigating the damage from severe storm storms.

The Debris Impact Facility's newest research initiation, being led by Mr. Tanner, consist of aerial mapping of storm damage using quadcopters and a single-wing/single-engine Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly referred as UAV's or drones to map storm paths and conduct volumetric studies of the path and of the debris. This type and scale of mapping of storms immediately after storms is new research, never done before. This research will survey the quality with precision of 1-in. from an altitude of 200 feet. These volumetric studies will reveal how buildings fail and how they should be mitigated, and will assess the volume of debris produced by the storm to calibrate cost of debris removal and the volume of landfill required. These volume studies will begin the process of building recovery studies.



Authorship/Co-authorship of Storm Investigation Reports:

  • Oklahoma/Kansas Tornadoes, 1999;
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado, 2000;
  • Happy, TX Tornado, 2000;
  • Ohio Tornadoes, 2002;
  • Southwest Missouri and Oklahoma City Tornadoes, 2003;
  • Hurricane Ivan, Pensacola, FL, 2004;
  • Evansville, Indiana Tornado, 2005;
  • Central Florida Tornadoes, 2007;
  • Dixie Tornado Outbreak, TN, 2008;
  • NWI/TTU Collaborative with FEMA
  • Oklahoma/Kansas Tornadoes, 1999; FEMA P-342
  • Hurricane Katrina, AL-MS-LA, 2005; FEMA P-549
  • Hurricane Ike, TX, 2008; FEMA P-757
  • Mississippi Tornadoes, 2010;
  • Alabama, Mississippi & Joplin, MO Tornadoes, 2011; FEMA P-908

Authorship/Co-authorship of Reports/Papers:

• FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm, Building a Safe Room in Your Home, 1998, 2008, 2014.

• FEMA P-361, Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelter, 1999, 2008, 2015.
• FEMA P-431, Tornado Protection, Selecting Best Available Refuge Areas in Buildings, 2015.
• FEMA P-1020, Tornado: Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013, 2014.
• FEMA P-757, Hurricane Ike in Texas and Louisiana: Mitigation Assessment Team Report, Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance, 2009.
• FEMA P-908, Mitigation Assessment Team Report– Spring 2011 Tornadoes: April 25-28 and May 22, 2012.
• FEMA P-55, Coastal Construction Manual, 2011.
• FEMA P-942, Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York, 2013.
• ICC-500, ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, 2014.
• ICC-500, ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, 2008
1. Analysis of the Above Ground Shelter Door Failure April 27, 2014 Tornado, Mayflower, Arkansas, 2014.
2. ANSI FM 4473, Guidance Document for the Testing and Assessment of Ice Ball Impact Resistance of Materials Attached to Vertical or Near Vertical Surfaces. ANSI Technical Committee for development as a standard, 2015.

Synergistic Activities:

1. Spencer, South Dakota tornado in 1998
2. Oklahoma and Kansas 1998 tornadoes (member of FEMA MAT Team)
3. Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2000 tornado
4. Happy, Texas 2002 tornado
5. Ohio 2002 tornadoes
6. Southwest Missouri and Oklahoma City tornadoes in May, 2003
7. Hurricane Ivan, Pensacola, Florida in September, 2004
8. Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (member of FEMA MAT Team)
9. Evansville, Indiana 2005 Tornado
10. Florida Tornados, 2007
11. The Dixie Outbreak - Tennessee tornadoes, 2008
12. Hurricane Ike, 2008 (member of FEMA MAT Team)
13. Hurricane Harvey, 2017

Collaborators and Other Affilitions:

Liang, Daan, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University); Kiesling, Ernst, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University); Kishor Mehta, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University); Smith, Doug (Texas Tech University); Morse, Stephen, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University); Christopher P. Jones, PE (Jones Coastal Engineering); Eric Letvin, PE, Esq., CFM (NIST); Thomas Lee Smith, AIA, RRC, CSI (TLSmith Consulting, Inc.); Marc L. Levitan, Ph.D. (NIST); David K. Low, PE (DK Low & Associates, LLC); Daniel Bass, RA, CFM (FEMA Headquarters); William Coulbourne, PE (URS); Robert Franke (FEMA Region VII); Andrew Herseth, PE, SE (FEMA Headquarters); John Ingargiola, EI, CFM, CBO (FEMA Headquarters); Omar Kapur, PE (URS); Edward Laatsch, PE (FEMA Headquarters); Brian Orr, PE (Toth & Associates); Glenn Overcash, PE (URS); John Plisich (FEMA Region IV); Tom Reynolds, PE (URS); Corey Schultz, AIA (PBA Architects); Scott Tezak, PE (TRC Solutions); Ronald Wanhanen, PE, (EMA Region VI); Brian Willsey (FEMA Headquarters); 

Memberships and Associations:

  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Association of Wind Engineers (AAWE)
  • National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA)
  • American Society of Pictometry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
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