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)

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

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)

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

2020 National Weatherperson of the Year Finalists Announced

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

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)

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)