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.
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. (Read More)
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.
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and FEMA will present three QuakeSmart® Preparedness Workshops in Rancho Mirage, CA; Long Beach, CA; and Los Angeles, CA on April 18, May 16, and May 18. The Rancho Mirage Workshop will feature Dr. Dennis Mileti, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he served as director of the Natural Hazards Center. The center is the United States' clearinghouse for social and behavioral science research related to hazards and disasters.
(New Orleans, LA) – On April 19, the 2017 National Hurricane Conference recognized FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson with the Outstanding Achievement in Public Awareness Award. Last year, Chapman-Henderson and FLASH brought FEMA, NOAA, and The Weather Channel together to create the National Hurricane Resilience Initiative - #HurricaneStrong. The campaign garnered national attention and helped advance hurricane preparedness.
With the recent violent weather outbreak causing more tornado deaths in one weekend than the yearlong 2016 total, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is again raising the issue of better building in tornado zones. First published in 2013, the Dual-Objective-Based Tornado Design Philosophy, defies traditional assertions that "there is nothing you can affordably build to withstand tornadoes." (read more)
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) today named National Hurricane Center (NHC) Director Dr. Richard Knabb as the 2017 National Weatherperson of the Year. Dr. Knabb was selected for his career accomplishments as a scientist, risk communicator, leader, and public servant.
As the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season ends today, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is getting ready for 2017 and seeking support from businesses, organizations and individuals to continue and expand the #HurricaneStrong education campaign launched earlier this year. The 501(c)3 organization created the campaign through a public-private partnership with FEMA, NOAA, The Weather Channel, The Home Depot, State Farm, USAA, and many others with the goal to increase public safety, mitigate disaster costs, and overcome hurricane “amnesia” after a decade of low hurricane activity. (read more) (view the 2016 #HurricaneStrong outcomes report)
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