Natural Disaster Recovery Times Vary

By By's Victoria Atkinson
April 23, 2010, 8:12:11 AM EDT

After nature unleashes its fury, the recovery time is as unexpected as the disaster itself.

Greensburg, Kan. Nearly three years ago, the small town of Greensburg, Kan. was obliterated by an EF-5 tornado. Left with little more than debris and destruction, the town was forced to rebuild from scratch.

Faced with that daunting task, Greensburg residents decided to take the disaster and transform their town with an eye to the future by implementing green technology and tornado-resistant architecture.

The tornado completely destroyed Greensburg High School and severely damaged the rest of the district.

"We are building a LEED Platinum K-12 facility that will be completed in August," said Superintendent Darin Headrick.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings provide a set of standards for an environmentally sustainable design.

"All county kids will have access to the new, sustainable, eco-friendly and technologically advanced educational facility," said Headrick.

The bigger and more advanced school is just one of the many rebuilding projects to truly make Greensburg live up to its name.

Solar and wind technologies are being used, as well as building with better insulation and using more natural light.

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