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Volume 19, Issue 2, February 2017
Month in Review
Parker Knabb, Rhonda Knabb, Dr. Rick Knabb, Max Mayfield, Leslie Chapman-Henderson
National Weatherperson of the Year Award Presented at Surprise Visit

Friday, Feb. 3, turned out to not be just another day at the office for National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Richard Knabb. The accomplished meteorologist, and passionate advocate for hurricane resilience, received a surprise visit from FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson and a delegation including two former Directors who presented him with the 2017 National Weatherperson of the Year (NWP) Award.  Read More >
Leslie Chapman-Henderson
It's Time to Take a Modern Approach to Building in Tornado-Prone Areas

With the recent violent weather outbreak in GA and LA causing more tornado deaths in one weekend than the yearlong 2016 total, FLASH CEO and President Leslie Chapman-Henderson raises the issue of better building in tornado zones in her latest blog. She explains that those rebuilding in the aftermath of the devastating storms have affordable options to protect their homes and families from future events. Click here to read the blog.
MIke Oates, Kristin Michael, Mike Rimoldi
FLASH Covers Ground at the NAHB International Builders Show

The FLASH team wore out several pairs of shoes over three days walking through 570,000 square feet in multiple halls that showcased more than 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers during the 2017 National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando, FL.

FLASH joined an estimated 60,000 show visitors and met with partners including BASF Corporation, Huber Engineered Woods, LLC, the International Code Council, Kohler, and Simpson Strong-Tie Co. The team posted Twitter and Facebook videos during the event highlighting partner booths and innovative products showcased at the exhibits.  Read More >
Partner News
UF Tornado Outbreak Preliminary Report Available

The first preliminary wind damage report regarding the Southeastern United States tornado outbreak on Jan. 21 - 22 is now available. The report, published by the Wind Hazard Damage Assessment Group of the University of Florida, focuses on damage caused by a tornado outbreak affecting large parts of the Southeast. It includes information related to two strong tornadoes that affected the towns of Adel and Albany in Southwest GA. You can read the entire report  here
Calling All Partners - 2017 FLASH Committee Membership Now Available

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work alongside a futurist, a journalist, or an Emmy-award winner? How about serving on a team that connects advocacy, engineering, insurance, research, and other experts all behind the cause of resilient building?

If you're interested in serving on one of the most diverse teams in the disaster safety movement, consider joining a committee. Formed by the Corporate Board of Directors, committees drive growth in creative projects and partnerships. Membership is open to all partners in good standing. The four committees are Leadership, Partnership, Outreach, and Education. Through volunteer service, you will help advance our shared causes, meet new people, and have some fun along the way.

If you're not a FLASH partner yet, email today to learn more.
Partner Spotlight
Illya Azaroff
Partner Spotlight - Illya Azaroff

This month, FLASH interviewed NYC architect Illya Azaroff, AIA about building for a resilient future.

Born and raised in Nebraska with family ties to Russia and Germany, Illya Azaroff has been designing structures from his home base in New York City for more than two decades. With undergraduate degrees in both Architecture and Geography/Environmental Studies, he earned his master's degree in 1997 in Architectural Design at Brooklyn's prestigious Pratt Institute. 

Illya is a certified trainer for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and the California Emergency Management Association for Safety Assessment Program Training. Read More >
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
#HurricaneStrong Sponsorship Now Accessible Online

The #HurricaneStrong campaign to increase public safety and reduce economic losses from hurricanes, spurred millions to take action last year and will reach for new heights in 2017 with the support of #HurricaneStrong Online Sponsorships .

As the campaign kicks off, FLASH invites you to stand strong with us as a campaign sponsor. Joining forces with leaders of the hurricane safety movement, sponsors participate in one of the following categories: Corporate, Small Business & Nonprofit Organizations, Individuals, and Government.  Read More >
FLASH Offers New Florida Residential Building Code Course

In conjunction with HalfMoon Education, FLASH will provide a new course on the Florida Residential Code on Feb. 28 in Fort Myers. The daylong course will cover aspects of how the Florida Building Code, Residential addresses natural hazards. The course will look at the essential basics of the Florida residential building code and provide continuing education credits for architects, engineers, and those desiring International Code Council continuing education. The course will be taught by Mike Rimoldi and he will share his 30 years of construction experience from both sides of the permitting counter as a building contractor and building code official.

Register by visiting or for more information email
Call for Presentations, Sponsors for 2017 FLASH National Disaster Resilience Conference

FLASH is seeking dynamic presenters for our 2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference: Science, Policy, and Practice. The conference is Oct. 25 - 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. This gathering of thought leaders, policymakers, and subject matter experts from the disaster safety movement is the premier conference on disaster resilience. 

Presenter abstracts should focus on:
  • Science - to support preparedness, response, recovery, and/or mitigation;
  • Policy - to advance resilience through strong building codes, smart finance, marketplace incentive programs, tax benefits, and innovation such as Big Data and smart home technology; and
  • Practice - to include advocates, building and fire code officials, communicators, emergency managers, engineers, futurists, insurance professionals, journalists, leaders, merchants, meteorologists, product manufacturers, public officials, researchers, and scientists.
Join the #HurricaneStrong HQ Exhibit Row at the 2017 National Hurricane Conference

Make plans now to attend the 2017 National Hurricane Conference, April 17 - 20 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and join the FLASH Partnership at #HurricaneStrong Headquarters in the Exhibit Hall. The National Hurricane Conference is the nation's top forum for education and professional training in hurricane and disaster preparedness with more than 100 workshops, training opportunities, and rap sessions.

If you are a FLASH partner and would like to designate your exhibit space in the 2017 #HurricaneStrong row, email Visit  
for additional information, including links to conference events and hotel registration. 

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