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Budget-Saving Preparations Top Priority as Hurricane Season Approaches

Nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) urges early action and highlights affordable options to help families get ready in a tight economy 
 
As the nation marks 2022 National Hurricane Preparedness Week and coastal residents gear up for the June 1 beginning of hurricane season, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is sharing steps to save lives, protect homes, and preserve peace of mind. The steps outlined at www.hurricanestrong.org include free and low-cost strategies with an emphasis on early prep to avoid more expensive, last-minute options.
 
The heightened emphasis on affordability comes following an annual FLASH survey of 500 residents across ten hurricane-prone states that revealed a need to prepare on a reduced budget. Nearly 30% of survey respondents reported a willingness to spend $50 or less, double the 2021 percentage when 15% reported a spending target of $50 or less. (Read More)

2022 Survey Reveals that Americans Can Be Safer from Tornadoes

As communities prepare to mark the 11th anniversary of the deadly April 27 "Tuscaloosa Super Outbreak," a new survey reveals that Americans in high-risk states continue to struggle with understanding critical tornado weather warnings and life safety protection options.
 
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) annual tornado research effort, Is America #TornadoStrong? surveyed 500 residents in 12 tornado-prone states. The questions measured awareness and understanding of weather terminology, safe and unsafe protective actions, safe rooms, storm shelters, and affordability.

Make Small Winter Weather Preparations Now to Save Big Dollars Later

With winter weather setting in, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is offering 21 tips to keep families safe and warm when the power goes out and freezing temperatures arrive.

Foam, Dome & Drip – Affordable Ways to Protect Your Home
For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing during winter and even when the power goes out. (Read More)

Record-breaking 2020 Storms & Pandemic Precautions May Increase Preparedness for 2021 Hurricane Season

In honor of National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9 - 15), Nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes encourages simple and affordable ways to increase safety, insurance, and home strengthening to ensure Americans are #HurricaneStrong in 2021

Americans in hurricane-prone states are more likely to prepare early for storms this year compared to last year, according to a new survey from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH). With 30 named storms in 2020, along with more time spent at home due to the pandemic, Americans have turned to quick and affordable options to brace for storms. (Read More)
 

Survey Reveals COVID-19 Effect on Hurricane Readiness, Experts Offer Virtual Prep Options as June 1 Nears

In an overnight survey commissioned by the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), 66% of respondents stated they were either extremely likely, moderately likely, or slightly more likely to “prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic” compared to 16% who reported the opposite. Another 18% reported no effect.

FLASH commissioned the survey of 500 residents in ten hurricane-prone states to gauge consumer attitudes as they balance CDC COVID guidelines with the need to prepare before the June 1 beginning of hurricane season. The nonprofit partnership expanded its annual consumer outreach initiative, #HurricaneStrong, in response to the findings. The effort retitled, “#AtHome and #HurricaneStrong,” is available in Spanish as well. (Read More)

Steps You Can Take Today to Minimize Flood Damage

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  • Evaluate and consider where the water flows in and around your house on a rainy day. Redirect it away from your foundation by making sure your gutters, downspouts and splash blocks (trays) are moving water away, not towards, the foundation.
  • Make sure all water flow mechanisms (gutters, downspouts, splash blocks) are clear of debris and properly aligned to direct water away from your home. (read more)

Sold-Out 2020 National Earthquake Conference Kicks Off March 4 in San Diego

The quadrennial 2020 National Earthquake Conference (#NEC2020) this week in San Diego is bringing together nearly 650 global attendees from across the academic, public, and private sectors to examine and share the latest advances in earthquake science, policy initiatives, practice (emergency management, first response, risk communication, etc.), and engineering. Conference goals are to improve life safety when earthquakes occur; to help communities learn how to recover faster; and to help prevent or minimize physical earthquake damage through stronger building practices, including research-informed, model building codes and standards. Read More

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