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Volume 20, Issue 8, August 2018
Month in Review
The Honorable María E. Meléndez Altieri, Mayor, Municipality of Ponce and Ada Monzón, President - EcoExploratorio

FEMA, FLASH Workshops Return to Puerto Rico
More than  180 members of the business, nonprofit, and emergency communities in Fajardo and Ponce came together when Legacy Partners FEMA, Simpson Strong-Tie, and FLASH returned to Puerto Rico to address the territory's continuous seismic activity. The
Ready Business - QuakeSmart Workshops  held on July 31 and August 2 followed the successful workshops in San Juan and Mayaguez last year. 

Expert presenters and leaders including the Honorable María E. Meléndez Altieri, Mayor - Municipality of Ponce,  2018 National Weatherperson of the Year Ada Monzón, President - EcoExploratorio, Wisbel Ayala, Executive Officer - Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA), Inés Pearce, Chief Executive, Pearce Global Partners, Dr. Elizabeth Vanacore, Assistant Research Professor/Coordinator of Research and Development, Red Sísmica de Puerto Rico/UPR-Mayaguez, Glorymar Gomez, Coordinator of Education and Outreach, Red Sísmica de Puerto Rico/UPR-Mayaguez, and more shared how following the QuakeSmart protocols can reduce damage costs and save lives.  Read More >
Weather the Storm with FLASH 
Wx  Alerts App

Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT) and FLASH have released an updated FLASH Weather Alerts app V3.0 on the iTunes and Google Play stores in time for peak hurricane season. 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.

"As peak hurricane season approaches it is important to maximize the short window of time available to make life or death decisions in a disaster," said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. "The FLASH Weather Alerts app enables the user to receive critical alerts via voice and push notifications. Your phone will "wake up" with alerts and track your location to warn you wherever you go." Read More >
Partner Spotlight
Kenneth Graham
Partner Spotlight - National Hurricane Center Director, Kenneth Graham

NOAA appointed Kenneth Graham to serve as the director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami on April 1, 2018. Graham assumed the role of director after serving as the meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service's New Orleans/Baton Rouge office since 2008. He notably established two command centers in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 that provided forecasts to help authorities make critical decisions in the five months following the spill. Graham also led the effort to support decision-makers in Louisiana and Mississippi with services focused on expected impacts for past hurricanes including Gustav, Ike, Isaac, as well as the historic 2017 season.

Q: What is your background, education, and experience?

A:  I attended the University of Arizona and received my undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science and then attended Mississippi State where I earned a Master of
Science Degree in Geosciences. While in Mississippi, I was an agricultural meteorologist for the Mississippi Network Radio. I started my career with the National Weather Service in 1994 in New Orleans as an Intern Forecaster. 
It's an exciting challenge and incredibly humbling to join the National Hurricane Center. I get to work with some of the best tropical scientists on earth. It is a dream come true.  Read More >
Partner News
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BASF Acquires 3D Printing Material Companies

FLASH Legacy Partner BASF is a German chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world. Recently, BASF acquired two manufacturers of 3D printing materials, Advanc3D Materials and Setup Performance. 

Advanc3D Materials GmbH, a company operating out of Hamburg, offers tailor-made plastic powders and formulations for selective laser sintering (SLS) process. 
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
New QuakeSmart Workshops Set for Fall

FEMA and FLASH are now accepting registrations for free Ready Business - QuakeSmart Workshops in 
Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
The workshops are designed for building officials, businesses, corporations, engineers, emergency managers, homebuilders, leaders, manufacturers, nonprofits, organizations, policymakers, public officials, risk managers, and small businesses.

Attendees will receive streamlined business continuity planning and mitigation project plans with simple, step-by-step instructions to help reduce risk and protect employees, clients, customers, and communities.  Read More >
NDRC Early Registration Discount Ending Soon

Early registration discounts end September 8 for the 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC) November 7-9 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, FL. Don't miss out on the opportunity to join the nation's foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement at this premier leadership event.
This year's lineup of presenters includes Kenneth Graham, National Hurricane Center Director; National Weatherperson of the Year Ada Monzón, Meteorologist, CBM - WIPR-TV; Dave Shull, CEO of The Weather Channel, Lt. Col. Kaitlyn Woods, Hurricane Hunter - Chief Meteorologist, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, USAF, and many more. Read More >
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