How to Be #HurricaneStrong for the Season

Get your home and family hurricane season ready by preparing before a storm approaches by following these five #HurricaneStrong steps.

Personal Safety – Know Your Evacuation Zone

One of the most critical steps for survival is to identify whether you reside in a storm surge evacuation zone and to develop a plan for where you will be when the waters rise. Once you have your plan in place, heed all evacuation orders, and do so quickly. Remember, making the right decision to either stay or leave on a timely basis will keep you, your family, and your community’s first responders out of harm’s way. Use this updated list from FLASH to Find Your Evacuation Zone today. (read more)

The Weather Channel Mixed Reality to be Featured at NDRC 2019

Dr. Matthew Sitkowski, Executive Weather Producer -The Weather Channel will be a featured keynote speaker at the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC19) set for November 19-22 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, FL. The NDRC offers a premier opportunity to join the nation's foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement to learn, network, and collaborate. (more)

Unprecedented Dialogue with Four National Hurricane Center Directors Now Scheduled for NDRC18

The 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference?(NDRC18) today announced a new agenda addition entitled, In Michael’s Wake: A Dialogue with the National Hurricane Center Directors.
This wide-ranging dialogue with current and former National Hurricane Center (NHC) Directors Kenneth Graham, Dr. Rick Knabb, Bill Read, and Max Mayfield will address the following questions and more: Are we entering a new era of increased hurricane activity? Are storms like Michael, Florence, Maria, Irma, and Harvey a frightening new normal? What can be done to change the “ride it out” mentality? What keeps the directors up at night? Former CNN correspondent and FLASH Board Advisor John Zarrella will lead the timely discussion with these leaders.

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)

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. 

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.

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)

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.

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.

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)