TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 4, 2016 -- The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®  
has named Alex Garcia, Chief Meteorologist for KABB - San Antonio 2016 National Weatherperson of the Year in honor of National Weatherperson's Day. Chosen for the award by the FLASH Board of Directors, Alex was selected for his contributions to the disaster safety movement and dedicated service to his community.

While Garcia has been teaching communities about the weather on-air for more than two decades, he has been teaching students in a classroom for even longer. Garcia has taught students from elementary school to college at the University of Houston and University of Incarnate Word, where he currently teaches meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, and science for elementary teachers as an adjunct professor.

Garcia has received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval and has been the recipient of six Associated Press Awards for Best Weathercast. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, and Knights of Columbus. Garcia also serves as the President, CEO, and Conference Director of the National Tropical Weather Conference.
"National Weatherperson's Day is the perfect time to recognize the essential role that meteorologists play in helping the public prepare for natural disasters", said FLASH President and CEO said Leslie Chapman-Henderson. "Alex has demonstrated an unconditional dedication to his viewers and community before, during, and after severe weather events and it is with great honor that we present him with this award."

Former recipients include former National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield and The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore.

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. The FLASH partnership includes more than 120 innovative and diverse organizations that share a vision of making America a more disasterresilient nation including: BASF, FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, Huber Engineered Woods, International Code Council, Kohler® Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm®, and USAA®. In 2008, FLASH® and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and access free consumer resources by visiting www.flash.org, calling toll-free (877) 221- SAFE (7233), following @federalalliance on Twitter, Facebook.com/federalalliane, and the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.
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