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September 30 is National Preparedness Day - Protect Your Home and Property Now

With signs of fall creeping up across the country, families may be feeling as if the hurricane season is over. The experts say no. In fact, September is not only the peak of hurricane season, September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day the perfect time to take stock of disaster plans. Today, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb joined forces with Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson during a national satellite media tour to raise awareness about flood and hurricane safety, prevention and financial protection options. (Read More)

Do You Know Your Evacuation Zone?

Evacuations are more common than people realize. Many communities have designated evacuation routes and some even have evacuation zones. If the local map for your area is hard to understand or is listed as unavailable, contact your local emergency management officials to learn more. If your community has an evacuation zone map online and it is not listed here, please send the link to info@flash.org, and your map will be added to the list. Click here to Find Your Evacuation Zone
 

Hurricane Sandy Survivor Gets a New #HurricaneStrong Home

(BREEZY POINT, N.Y.) August 11, 2016 – Demolition begins today on Diane Hellreigel’s Hurricane Sandy-damaged home on Breezy Point in Queens, New York to clear the way for a new house, dubbed the #HurricaneStrong Home. The new home will not only replace Diane’s original 1955 structure with a resilient, energy-efficient concrete residence, but it will serve as an educational project to promote disaster-resilient construction practices across the nation as part of the  National Hurricane Resilience Initiative #HurricaneStrong.

Be Smart. Take Part. Document and Insure Your Property.

Your home, your personal belongings, and your business are meaningful and valuable assets. If a disaster strikes, having insurance for your home or business property is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged. Yet, more than half of all homeowners in the United States do not carry adequate homeowner’s insurance to replace their home and its contents should a catastrophic loss occur. 

The Weather Channel’s “WX Geeks” Feature FLASH

FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson recently sat down with Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of The Weather Channel’s clever Sunday show, WX Geeks to talk about the FLASH Partnership and highlight our new national hurricane resilience initiative, #HurricaneStrong. Thanks to his expert interview skills, a great producing team, and a national news channel that lives its commitment to disaster resilience, we had a stellar opportunity to tell our story. (Watch Video)
 

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. As high temperatures sweep across the country, know that excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Everyone is at risk from heat, especially the elderly, very young and those who work outdoors. When temperatures soar, follow these safety tips:

Fight Wildfire Before it Starts - #NoFuelNoFire

You can help protect your home and property from wildfire by doing yard work and home maintenance before fire season. Always maintain a minimum of 30 feet of defensible space around your home. If your wildfire risk is high or extreme, defensible space should be increased up to 100 feet and the use of more fire resistive building materials should be considered.
 

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