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)
Nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes launches #TornadoStrong campaign to help Americans better prepare for tornadoes
Many Americans still lack awareness of basic tornado safety information and essential ways to protect themselves if a tornado strikes, a new survey from the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) shows. Today, on the ten-year anniversary of the 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak, FLASH is launching the #TornadoStrong campaign and website with resources and information to increase consumer knowledge of tornadoes, as well as lifesaving preparedness plans and safe rooms. (Read more)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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