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.
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)
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – With winter weather on the way, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® is launching the Great Winter WeatherPrep education campaign to empower families to prepare now before freezing temperatures arrive. The annual campaign offers simple tips to ensure safety and prevent costly losses by preparing homes and families to weather any storm this winter and beyond.
“The Great Winter Weather Prep offers clear, reliable information to help families prepare before freeze watches and warnings are issued,” said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. “Power outages, frozen pipes, and water damage not only create unsafe homes, but they bring costly yet avoidable repairs.”
(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)
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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)
(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.
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