8/23/2018

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)
5/07/2018

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. 
4/19/2018

FLASH Names First U.S. #HurricaneStrong Community

The FLASH Partnership has named Leon County as the first #HurricaneStrong community in the United States. The nonprofit chose the North Florida county for the designation based on high performing ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) scores as well as excellence in public awareness programs, business community outreach, achievement of the NOAA StormReady® Community designation, and overall leadership engagement.
4/19/2018

Tornado Safety Tips – Before During and After the Storm

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®  offers the following tornado safety tips to help before, during, and after a tornado strikes. (Read More)
1/02/2018

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)
10/12/2017

2017 National Disaster Conference Convenes to Address Record Outbreak of Billion-Dollar Disasters

As California, Florida, Mexico City, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands begin recovery from deadly earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, the nation's foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement will gather for the 2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference. The information-packed event will take place from October 25 to October 27 in Atlanta and will examine how science, policy, and practice can better save lives and protect property in the face of mounting, billion-dollar disasters.
10/09/2017

Fight Wildfire Before it Starts - #NoFuelNoFire

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.
 
8/25/2017

How to Be #HurricaneStrong

Since 1998, FLASH has worked with families before, during, and after natural disasters. As communities in the Southeast face the potential of destructive winds and flooding from Tropical Storm Nate, here are their top “lessons learned” for life safety and property protection ahead of the storm. (read more)
8/22/2017

Free FEMA Ready Business Workshop Coming to Tampa

FLASH and FEMA will present a Ready Business Hurricane & Inland Flooding Preparedness Workshop in Tampa, FL on Thursday, September 28 at USAA.  
 
The event continues a series of free hurricane and inland flooding damage prevention workshops nationally offered that feature the Ready Business Hurricane and Inland Flooding Toolkits. Ready Business provides comprehensive assessments, engineering, and retrofit information designed to keep businesses open after a natural or man-made
disaster. Workshop attendees will complete initial Back-to Business Self-Assessments, and learn how to budget for business retrofit projects. The information is relevant for all personnel, especially business owners and managers, facility managers, maintenance staff, risk managers, and anyone with disaster preparedness responsibilities. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. (Read More)
7/31/2017

Before the Flood – Simple Steps for the Effective Use of Sandbags

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