FLASH originated the National Weatherperson of the Year award to coincide with the celebration of National Weatherperson’s Day on February 5, the birthday of the pioneering weather observer John Jeffries. After a decade of research on the ground, Jefferies piloted a hot air balloon in 1774 to test weather conditions and advance the science of meteorology. His work paved the way for many aspects of meteorology today.
The leaders we honor through this award are truly exceptional with a proven record of protecting the public from severe weather. Past winners include Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, former National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield, Chief Meteorologist KABB Alex Garcia, Hurricane Expert & Tropical Program Manager, The Weather Channel Dr. Richard Knabb, Ada Monzón, Meteorologist, AMS Fellow - CBM-WIPR-TV Puerto Rico, and James Spann, Chief Meteorologist at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, AL.
The 2020 National Weatherperson of the Year five finalists demonstrate a commitment to disaster safety, education, and to the safety of their communities. The 2020 finalists are: Read More
Clean Gutters and Downspouts – Help move water away from the home
What is the one thing people forget to do that can have a major impact? Cleaning their gutters. Gutters are there to direct rainfall away from the home and prevent flooding. This only works if the gutters are free of debris and in good shape. Take the day to clear out leaves or any other debris. (read more)
Unplug, bag, and move electronics to higher ground such as on top of tables, desks or kitchen cabinets. Anything that can be bagged in sealable plastic bags and moved to a higher location can be potentially spared.
If you have a two-story home, inspect your first floor for items that can be moved to higher floors or spaces. For example, roll up area rugs and place them upstairs or on counters to keep them dry.
Elevate appliances like washers and dryers on bases or concrete blocks as possible.
Shut off the main water valve to the home.
Use sandbags to redirect stormwater and debris flow away from home. (read more)
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)
Get your home and family hurricane season ready by preparing before a storm approaches by following these five #HurricaneStrong steps.
Personal Safety – Know Your Evacuation Zone
One of the most critical steps for survival is to identify whether you reside in a storm surge evacuation zone and to develop a plan for where you will be when the waters rise. Once you have your plan in place, heed all evacuation orders, and do so quickly. Remember, making the right decision to either stay or leave on a timely basis will keep you, your family, and your community’s first responders out of harm’s way. Use this updated list from FLASH to Find Your Evacuation Zone today. (read more)
Dr. Matthew Sitkowski, Executive Weather Producer -The Weather Channel will be a featured keynote speaker at the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC19) set for November 19-22 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, FL. The NDRC offers a premier opportunity to join the nation's foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement to learn, network, and collaborate. (more)
With winter weather setting in, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and the Great Winter Weather Prep are 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)
This wide-ranging dialogue with current and former National Hurricane Center (NHC) Directors Kenneth Graham, Dr. Rick Knabb, Bill Read, and Max Mayfield will address the following questions and more: Are we entering a new era of increased hurricane activity? Are storms like Michael, Florence, Maria, Irma, and Harvey a frightening new normal? What can be done to change the “ride it out” mentality? What keeps the directors up at night? Former CNN correspondent and FLASH Board Advisor John Zarrella will lead the timely discussion with these leaders.
As Hurricane Lane approaches the Hawaiian Islands, and the country marks the anniversaries of devastating 2017 disasters, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes is reminding leaders to embrace the best opportunity they have to ensure the safety and resilience of communities: modern building codes.
Building failure investigations have proven again and again that well-enforced building codes are the first and most important line of defense from natural disasters, yet far too many communities overlook this proven tool. Codes are one of the most powerful ways to ensure swift and successful “bounce back” after earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires, but only if leaders ensure they are in place. (Read More)
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