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Volume 20, Issue 1, January 2018
Month in Review
FLASH Joins FEMA to Rebuild Resiliently in U.S. Virgin Islands
FLASH SVP Mike Rimoldi is now part of a team of FEMA and STARR II experts who are supporting permitting development, inspection activities, new construction, and overall rebuilding in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The team came together as part of the recovery after Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused extensive damage to the islands.
The team will assist and support the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) to create a new permitting system, training requirements, and code adoption and enforcement to build stronger, more resilient homes.
After extensive planning meetings in December, the team is deploying to the islands where they will support DPNR as they hire, train, and certify qualified additional building department personnel. The activities support the goal to construct a more resilient housing stock using the latest model codes and standards, including the International Code Council I-Codes. 
Bryan Koon
Bryan Koon Joins the FLASH Board

On October 25, the FLASH Board of Directors elected former Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Director Bryan Koon as a voting director . Bryan has spent his career focusing on improving emergency response operations and engaging communities to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.
Bryan currently serves as Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for IEM, a global security consulting firm dedicated to building a safe, secure, and resilient world. During his tenure as director of the Florida DEM, he led planning, response, and recovery efforts from natural and manmade disasters. He previously served as Operations Manager and Director of Emergency Management for Walmart stores where he managed events that affected the 2.2 million associates at the company's facilities and nearly 100,000 vendors and suppliers throughout the world. 
"We are excited to have Bryan on our leadership team," said Florida Insurance Council President and FLASH Director Cecil Pearce. "His experience and commitment will add fresh perspective and valuable contributions to our operation."
Bryan also has served as a Commissioner of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program, Vice Chairman of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, and President of the National Emergency Management Association. He has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and a master's degree and graduate certificate in emergency and crisis management from George Washington University. 
Cummins Joins Lineup as FLASH Seeks New Partners for 2018 National Hurricane Resilience Initiative 

As communities continue recovery from the 2017 record-breaking disasters, FLASH is expanding the National Hurricane Resilience Initiative - #HurricaneStrong education program to ensure delivery of critical life safety and protection information. Cummins Power Generation is joining the team as a Corporate Sponsor to add power generator safety and new product information to the outreach plan for 2018.
In 2017, #HurricaneStrong garnered White House recognition, national television programming and Public Service Announcements on The Weather Channel. Additionally, campaign messages reached millions through traditional news coverage, social media channels, and signature events like National Hurricane Preparedness Week and the NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour. Read More >
Partner Spotlight
Michael Lingerfelt
Partner Spotlight - Michael Lingerfelt

Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA, LEED AP, is an advisor to the FLASH Corporate Board of Directors and President of Architecture and Design Lingerfelt International. He has more than 37 years of experience in design and project delivery. He has served on the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee, trained over 1,800 architects, engineers, building officials, and inspectors as a California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program Trainer, and provided safety assessment evaluations following hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods. He was named to the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2012 for his efforts advocating that architects should serve the public surrounding a disaster. 

FLASH: What is your background or education and how did you get interested in disaster safety?
Lingerfelt:  I have a bachelor's degree of architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. I was serving as the Chair of the American Institute of Architects Disaster Committee when I was invited to attend a conference by FLASH.  Read More>
Partner News
USAA Named 2017 Blue Ribbon Company by Fortune

SAN ANTONIODec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fortune has named USAA as one of its 2017 Blue Ribbon Companies, a list of 32 organizations recognized on four or more of Fortune's most rigorous lists.

"This is a great honor and speaks volumes about our mission, culture and talent," USAA CEO  Stuart Parker said. "Our employees earned this honor by delivering superior service to the military community."

This is the second time USAA has appeared on the list. USAA appeared on four Fortune lists this year: USAA was No. 102 on Fortune 500®, No. 401 on the Global 500®; No. 35 on Best Companies to Work For®; and No. 2 in the insurance industry on the list of the World's Most Admired Companies®.

In addition to appearing on four Fortune lists in 2017, USAA also was recognized as one the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, ranked as the "Most Reputable Bank" among customers in the 2017 Annual Bank Reputation Survey, and named the No. 1 Military Friendly ® Brand.
NOAA Designates 2017 As Costliest Year in History

2017 will be remembered as a year of extremes for the U.S. as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes claimed hundreds of lives and visited economic hardship upon the nation. Recovery from the ravages of three major Atlantic hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. and an extreme and ongoing wildfire season in the West is expected to continue well into the new year.  Read More >
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
NDRC 2018 Call for Presentations to Open January 16

If you have expertise in the latest science, policy, and practices that drive more resilient buildings and create disaster-resilient communities in the face of natural and human-caused disasters, FLASH invites you to submit a presentation for the 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC) November 7-9 in Clearwater Beach, FL.

Registration is now open, and sponsorship opportunities are now available to spotlight your business and allow you to network with leaders in the disaster safety and resilience movement . Conference attendees will include design professionals, emergency managers, financial services experts, futurists, housing experts, insurers, journalists, meteorologists, product manufacturers, risk communicators, scientists, social psychologists, and many others.  Read more >
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