5/08/2017

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® Launches 2017 #HurricaneStrong

 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
4/25/2017

Earthquake Experts to Address Southern California Businesses and Organizations at Free Earthquake Workshops

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and FEMA will present three QuakeSmart® Preparedness Workshops in Rancho Mirage, CALong 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.
4/20/2017

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® and Partners Win National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement in Public Awareness Award

(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.
2/19/2017

Experts Identify Modern Approach to Building in Tornado Prone Areas – A Statement from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®

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)
2/03/2017

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® Names Hurricane Center Director Dr. Richard Knabb 2017 National Weatherperson of the Year

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. 
11/30/2016

Sponsors Sought for 2017 Hurricane Safety Education Initiative as 2016 Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

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)
10/17/2016

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and FEMA present Free Workshops for Businesses and Organizations

(Tallahassee, FL) – The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, FEMA and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) are now accepting registrations for four (4) free QuakeSmart “Earthquake” and Ready Business “Power Outage” disaster preparedness workshops for building officials, businesses, corporations, engineers, emergency managers, homebuilders, leaders, manufacturers, nonprofits, organizations, policymakers, public officials, risk managers, and small businesses across the U.S.  (Read More)
10/01/2016

Do You Know Your Evacuation Zone?

Evacuations are more common than people realize. Many communities have designated evacuation routes and some even have evacuation zones. If the local map for your area is hard to understand or is listed as unavailable, contact your local emergency management officials to learn more. If your community has an evacuation zone map online and it is not listed here, please send the link to info@flash.org, and your map will be added to the list. Click here to Find Your Evacuation Zone
 
9/28/2016

September 30 is National Preparedness Day - Protect Your Home and Property Now

With signs of fall creeping up across the country, families may be feeling as if the hurricane season is over. The experts say no. In fact, September is not only the peak of hurricane season, September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day the perfect time to take stock of disaster plans. Today, National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb joined forces with Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson during a national satellite media tour to raise awareness about flood and hurricane safety, prevention and financial protection options. (Read More) (View Video)
8/11/2016

Hurricane Sandy Survivor Gets a New #HurricaneStrong Home

(BREEZY POINT, N.Y.) August 11, 2016 – Demolition begins today on Diane Hellreigel’s Hurricane Sandy-damaged home on Breezy Point in Queens, New York to clear the way for a new house, dubbed the #HurricaneStrong Home. The new home will not only replace Diane’s original 1955 structure with a resilient, energy-efficient concrete residence, but it will serve as an educational project to promote disaster-resilient construction practices across the nation as part of the  National Hurricane Resilience Initiative #HurricaneStrong.