Insurance: Get Ready to File a Claim

  1. Know How to Contact Your Insurance Agent or Company
  • Keep your insurance policy number(s) and your insurance company phone number and email contact information in your phone.
  1. Understand Your Policy

Beyond Plywood – Five Tips to Protect Your Home

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)

Evacuating? What to do Before You Go

  1. Prepare for flooding
  • 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)

Steps You Can Take Today to Minimize Flood Damage

Outside in the Yard
  • 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)

How to Be #HurricaneStrong for the Season

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)

The Weather Channel Mixed Reality to be Featured at NDRC 2019

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)

Make Small Winter Weather Preparations Now to Save Big Dollars Later

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)

Unprecedented Dialogue with Four National Hurricane Center Directors Now Scheduled for NDRC18

The 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference?(NDRC18) today announced a new agenda addition entitled, In Michael’s Wake: A Dialogue with the National Hurricane Center Directors.
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.

Breaking the "Build-Destroy-Rebuild" Disaster Cycle - A Statement from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

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)

FLASH Partnership Introduces Updated Weather App in Observance of National Hurricane Preparedness Week

In partnership with Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT), the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), today released the updated FLASH Weather Alerts app V3.0 on the iTunes and Google Play stores. This mobile app delivers precise GPS, precision text-to-speech severe weather alerts, useful “How-To” videos, and bilingual home safety, mitigation, and disaster preparedness information.