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Volume 18, Issue 12, December 2016
November in Review
Watch the  #HurricaneStrong 
Home Take Shape as Build Cam Goes Live in Breezy Point
With the foundation walls now poured, Diane Hellriegel is one step closer to her new #HurricaneStrong home. The residence will not only replace her original 1955 structure damaged in Hurricane Sandy, but it is serving as an education project to promote disaster-resilient construction. Supporters can now watch the build progress by viewing the time-lapse "build cam" online at
The project is moving briskly, and the FLASH video team will be in Breezy Point this month to capture the next build milestone -- installation of the QuadLock flooring system and Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls from Logix. The video footage and interviews will become part of a project documentary that will help spread the story of strong, durable, energy efficient building. 
Tom Mefferd - FEMA Region 5
New Ready Business Workshop Sheds Light on Power Outage Preparedness
There was no shortage of enlightenment at Indiana's Ready Business Power Outage Workshop in November for corporations, farmers, and service organizations alike. As one Fair Oaks Farms employee said, it was "very eye-opening and informative."
Representatives from Business Resiliency Alliance of Indiana, ComEd, Fair Oaks Farms, Northwest Indiana County Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), South Newton School Corporation, Williams Eye Institute, and more attended the workshop to learn more about power outages. The lessons learned were valuable for ranchers with 30,000 cows and electric milking machines as well as optometrists and volunteer coordinators.
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QuakeSmart Workshop  Unearths 
Ray Farmer - SC Department of Insurance
Geological Challenges in

On Thursday, November 10, QuakeSmart Workshop attendees in Charleston, SC came to startling conclusion: even a moderate earthquake in Charleston could have catastrophic effects.
"The devil is in the geological detail," College of Charleston scientist Dr. Steven Jaume stated, explaining how local geology determines a range of impacts from shake strength to liquefaction potential.   

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NSSA Foundation Delivers Strategic Plan
Famous for its country music, Nashville had a new sound in early November when the National Storm Shelter Association raised its voice in the city. As attendees of the 2016 Storm Shelter Conference learned more about storm shelters, they also enjoyed a unique opportunity to contribute to the NSSA Foundation Strategic Plan.
After an overview presentation by Tim Smail, NSSA Foundation Executive Director, FLASH partners Portland Cement Association and Simpson Strong-Tie facilitated breakout sessions that allowed the participants to discuss options and provide direct feedback on the plan.
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Partner News
National Organizations Recognize USAA 
for Excellence - Twice in One Week
Congratulations to Founding and Legacy Partner USAA for achieving national recognition from two separate organizations within one week. On November 29, American Banker Magazine named USAA as "Bank of the Year" . One week later, Fortune Magazine named USAA on the top ten list of the "50 Best Workplaces for Diversity."
Team News
Verisk's Robert Andrews and The Home Depot's Earl Madison Elected to Corporate Board
On November 2, the FLASH Board of Directors elected Verisk Insurance Solutions VP Robert Andrews and The Home Depot's National PRO Manager Earl Madison as voting directors by unanimous consent.

Mr. Andrews has nationwide operational oversight of all Verisk commercial property field data collection and has been with Verisk (ISO) since 1995, in which he has served as a regional manager, regional vice president, and vice president of Community Hazard Mitigation. 
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Partner Spotlight
National Hurricane Center Director
Dr. Richard Knabb, Ph.D
Richard Knabb, Ph.D.

While most Floridians collectively breathed a sigh of relief when Hurricane Matthew skirted its east coast in October, Rick Knabb, National Hurricane Center Director  worried about others in in its path.

Instead of feeding national and local television stations live broadcasts on where the hurricane was headed, Knabb made a plea as hurricane center staff stood behind him with heads slightly bowed. "Please," he said. "If your emergency managers tell you to evacuate, go." Knabb's goal was to use his air time to convey a more personal message.

"We made a decision to break from meteorology," he said. "People were not heeding calls from emergency managers to evacuate."

Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Winter Weather Prep: A Little Effort Goes a Long Way
With winter weather on the way, FLASH is launching the 2016 Great Winter Weather Prep 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 message is simple: A little effort goes a long way.
"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 create unsafe homes and expensive repair bills."
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Sponsorship Now Available for 2017 National 
Disaster Resilience Conference
Now is the time to join our sponsors, International Code Council and ISO, to help underwrite the 2017 FLASH National Disaster Resilience Conference  (formerly the FLASH Annual Conference) set for October 25 - 27, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Through sponsorship, your organization will be recognized by the nation's foremost voices in the disaster-safety and resilience movement.

Planning is now underway for this exciting event, and a call for presentations is coming soon. View sponsorship opportunities here and contact for more information.
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