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How to Be #HurricaneStrong for Hurricane Irma

Since 1998, FLASH has worked with families before, during, and after natural disasters. As Florida and other communities face the potential of destructive winds and flooding from Hurricane Irma, here are their top “lessons learned” for life safety and property protection ahead of the storm. (read more)

Free FEMA Ready Business Workshop Coming to Tampa

FLASH and FEMA will present a Ready Business Hurricane & Inland Flooding Preparedness Workshop in Tampa, FL on Thursday, September 28 at USAA.  
 
The event continues a series of free hurricane and inland flooding damage prevention workshops nationally offered that feature the Ready Business Hurricane and Inland Flooding Toolkits. Ready Business provides comprehensive assessments, engineering, and retrofit information designed to keep businesses open after a natural or man-made
disaster. Workshop attendees will complete initial Back-to Business Self-Assessments, and learn how to budget for business retrofit projects. The information is relevant for all personnel, especially business owners and managers, facility managers, maintenance staff, risk managers, and anyone with disaster preparedness responsibilities. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. (Read More)

Before the Flood – Simple Steps for the Effective Use of Sandbags

Sandbags can redirect storm water and debris flows away from homes and other structures if they are properly filled, placed and maintained. Follow these steps to properly fill and place sandbags

The Basics of Flood Protection

On average, flooding causes more than 90 percent of disaster-related property damage in the U.S. each year. Preparation is the key to surviving a flood and reducing property damage.  Here are some recommendations to protect your home from floods. Some are simple and inexpensive, while others require a professional contractor.

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.
 

FLASH to host #HurricaneStrong Facebook Live Preparedness Event on June 1

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially kicks off June 1, and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes wants everyone to be prepared. Join FLASH SVP of Education and Technical Programs Mike Rimoldi on Facebook Live as he will answer your questions about how to prepare your family and get your home ready for the season. (Read More)
 

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® Launches 2017 #HurricaneStrong

 In conjunction with National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour (HAT), the FLASH Partnership is bringing back the award-winning National Hurricane Resilience Initiative - #HurricaneStrong campaign for a second year in 2017.
 
Last year, the campaign helped increase public safety and reduce economic losses from hurricanes by reaching tens of millions of residents in hurricane-exposed states with five key messages, including:
 
  • Personal Safety - Know your evacuation zone
  • Family Preparedness - Build a disaster supply kit
  • Financial Security - Have an insurance checkup
  • Damage Prevention - Strengthen your home
  • Community Service - Help your neighbor
 
In 2016, the FLASH Partnership, including BASF Corporation, Huber Engineered Woods, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, The Home Depot and USAA joined FEMA, NOAA, and The Weather Channel to create #HurricaneStrong. The campaign garnered national attention, helped advance hurricane preparedness, and recently won the Outstanding Achievement in Public Awareness Award at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans. The program is highlighted in this brief video

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