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Volume 21, Issue 7, July 2019
Month in Review
"Crowdsource the Codes" Challenge Now Underway

Nearly all U.S. cities, counties, jurisdictions, and towns are reflected in the new database at as part of the No Code. No Confidence. initiative, but we need your help to continue strengthening the unprecedented tool for individuals, families, and leaders. If you are one of the next 50 users to provide new or updated information by clicking through the site, you will receive a free "Be Code Confident" t-shirt or comparable gift.
The site offers an easy-to-understand "Red, Yellow, Green, Black" code status analysis, and includes FAQs and "Relevant Resources" with background information and commonly asked questions about residential building codes. You can also request a free "Partner Toolkit" with downloadable assets, including animations, images, videos (including a PSA featuring meteorologists from The Weather Channel), and more.
Please visit the site today to verify that the database is current for your location. If there are any discrepancies in the data or if you have additional insights you would like to provide, please use the feedback feature, email us at, or call us toll-free at (877) 221-SAFE.
Feeding America and FLASH Connect to Deliver Resilience
On June 5-6, James McGowan,  Director of Partnership & Development, addressed the 2019 Disaster Conference, Building Resilience Together presented by the Feeding America Network. The Tampa, Florida meeting brought together more than 100 "Food Bankers" with key private sector partners and nonprofit organizations from across the United States. 

During the conference, James presented the No Code. No Confidence. initiative,, and the showcased the Partner Toolkit, providing the attendees with new, research-informed outreach assets to help promote safe and strong buildings. Additionally, James detailed multi-hazard resources that are available to help prepare food bank staff and their clients for disasters. James' experience as a veteran of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and 2016 East Baton Rouge flooding disaster provided a unique and highly-relevant perspective for the group.

"We have been challenged by our new CEO, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, and our network to explore partnerships with organizations like FLASH," said Patrick Crawford, Managing Director of Disaster for Feeding America. "As local community conveners, the Food Bank can help share messages to disaster survivors on enhancing resilient rebuilding efforts and where to go to get that information."
Flood Fundamentals Protect Florida's Future

Mike Rimoldi, SVP, Education and Technical Programs led two classes in June detailing how to become an Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). The training provides essential support to maintain and grow the workforce of qualified flood professionals as the breadth and impact of flooding, and flood-related challenges continue to grow across the country.
Both classes feature Fundamentals of Floodplain Management, a course approved by FEMA and Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to prepare floodplain managers for the CFM exam. Successful passage of the exam and significant, relevant professional experience provide the basis for CFM qualifications.
On June 11, in conjunction with the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) annual conference in St. Augustine, Mike presented the course to a group of 20 building and code officials. Fundamentals of Floodplain Management covers the various aspects of floodplain management, including mapping, insurance, permitting, and enforcement. Following the day-long course in St. Augustine, Mike visited Wright Flood in St. Petersburg on June 24-25 to teach the same class to a group of 25 individuals.
Fundamentals of Floodplain Management is sponsored by the Florida Floodplain Managers Association (FFMA).
What do insurance, building codes, and waffles have in common? Leaders from these industries are committed to building a culture of preparedness.
Leadership Dialogues Reveal Dimensions of Resilience

On June 13, Leslie Chapman-Henderson met with Dr. Daniel Kaniewski, Deputy Administrator, Resilience - FEMA and a team of agency leaders in Washington, D.C. for a briefing on the No Code. No Confidence. initiative. The meeting featured a discussion of how strong building codes support a federal, multi-agency strategy to drive disaster resilience in the face of accelerating billion-dollar disasters.
Dr. Kaniewski leads the FEMA effort to build a culture of preparedness and resilience to help save lives and reduce financial losses for individuals and communities. His work includes extensive external outreach and relationship building across the U.S. to identify best practices, leverage resources, and promote collaboration. His dialogue with leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sector support the FEMA strategic plan and have helped create cohesion and shared priorities for disaster safety stakeholders.
"Leadership voices are essential to sustain successful disaster safety and resilience initiatives," commented Leslie. "We deeply appreciate Dr. Kaniewski and his record of inspiring teamwork and focus on the proven ways to help communities remain intact and bounce back after deadly and destructive events like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires."
After a Great Run, "It's a Wrap" for FLASH WxAlerts

Android users may have noticed that the FLASH WxAlerts app is no longer available on Google Play, and it will soon be unavailable on iTunes as well. The status change comes following a corporate acquisition of app partner WDT by DTN that necessitated the end of the popular app as currently configured.
FLASH is now working with a new weather and technology partner and will have an exciting announcement in the coming months regarding how we will continue to provide exceptional weather information, alerting, and bilingual mitigation information through a mobile platform.
In the meantime, and on behalf of the FLASH Partnership, we want to thank WDT for many exceptional years of partnership. Their generosity brought the powerful safety tool to our partners and the public, and we wish them continued success in their new venture.
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Dr. Rick Knabb               John Zarrella
Hurricane Expert/Veteran Journalist Team Up to Emcee NDRC

Dr. Rick Knabb, On-Air Hurricane Expert, and Tropical Program Manager - The Weather Channel and John Zarrella - JZ Media and former CNN correspondent will take the helm as the masters of ceremony at the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Conference on November 19-22 in Clearwater Beach, FL. 

The popular conference will return this year with television talk show-style interviews, panels, keynotes, networking activities, and pre-conference activities, "kickstarters," and specialty meetings. John and Dr. Knabb will help anchor the program with keynote interviews and spotlight features to provide attendees with the best insights available from the diverse pool of talented presenters. 

The extended general session will begin on Wednesday, November 20 in the afternoon, and the lineup of disaster safety presenters and innovators will be announced next month.  Read More >
Dr. Lucy Jones
Dr. Lucy Jones to Headline at National Earthquake Conference

The 2020 National Earthquake Conference (NEC2020) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lucy Jones will headline the conference as a keynote presenter. Dr. Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society and a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech.
As one of the most highly-regarded U.S. earthquake experts, Dr. Jones is a "go-to" source and communicator-of-choice when earthquakes occur. Just last week, she was continuously on air after 6.4M, and 7.1M temblors struck Southern California. Her signature style has helped millions of residents in and beyond earthquake country understand seismic events, making her a household name. Even the game show Jeopardy!, has featured her name as the answer to numerous quiz questions.  Read More >
Registration Open for Ready Business - QuakeSmart Puerto Rico

Businesses, nonprofits, government partners, and the emergency management community will come together on August 28 in Dorado, Puerto Rico for a free QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop presented by FLASH and Founding & Legacy Partner FEMA.
The workshop showcases Ready Business - QuakeSmart protocols that help save lives, reduce financial losses, mitigate damage, help communities recover more quickly following seismic disasters. Attendees will:  
  • Learn about business continuity, disaster response, and the cost benefit of preparing for earthquakes and other business interruptions;
  • Identify preparedness and mitigation actions needed to ensure safety and business continuity;
  • Complete assessments and begin planning for retrofit projects; and,
  • Learn how to perform preparedness and mitigation activities using the QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program. 
This year's presenters will include Ada Monzón, President - EcoExploratorio and 2018 National Weatherperson of the Year; Carlos J. Morrell, President - Burger King; Commissioner Carlos Acevedo, Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency; José Martínez Cruzado, Professor - UPR-Mayaguez; Félix Rivera, Civil Engineer & President - The Earthquake Commission, College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico (CIAPR); Edgard Garcia, Representative - Simpson-Strong-Tie Co.; and Germán Hernández Garcés - U.S. Small Business Administration.
Click here  to download the invitation, agenda, or to register for the workshop. The workshop is free, but advance registration is required. For more information, please contact
Partner Spotlight
Gary Johnston
Partner Spotlight - Gary Johnston

Gary Johnston is the Chief Resilience Officer for the County of San Diego, Office of Emergency Services (OES). He joined the OES team in September 2018. As the Chief Resilience Officer, he works closely with County and external partners to engage key stakeholders, build consensus, and implement recommendations to build the County's overall resilience.  

Q: How did you get interested in disaster safety?

As a second generation and 30-year veteran of the Marine Corps, "service" has been a way of life. During my military service, I have been in the midst of "disaster" having served multiple combat tours overseas as well as multiple contingency operations both at home and abroad. As the former Deputy Commander of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, the Marine Corps largest expeditionary installation, I served closely with local emergency services organizations especially in the responding to and recovering from natural disasters - principally wildland fires and floods. Shortly following my retirement from the Marine Corps, the opportunity presented itself to serve in the Emergency Services field - a great mission and similar culture to that which I was accustomed Read More >
Partner News
New from FEMA: Publication, P-2012

FEMA's Building Science Branch is pleased to announce that FEMA P-2012, Assessing Seismic Performance of Buildings with Configuration Irregularities, is now available through the FEMA Warehouse as well as online.
The publication's primary purpose is to facilitate the improvement of irregularity-related design requirements of FEMA P-1050-1, NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures; ASCE/SEI 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures; and ASCE/SEI 41-17, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Building.  Read More > 
Hurricane Michael Technical Assets Now Available 

Hurricane Michael flooding and high-winds resulted in extensive damage to all types of buildings in the Florida panhandle. FEMA Building Science, in coordination with many partners, has developed two Recovery Advisories to assist a variety of interested stakeholders in rebuilding more resiliently by providing design and construction guidance to help minimize damage from future storm events. These newly released Recovery Advisories are currently available, among others developed from past natural disasters, from the  FEMA Building Science Library.
Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisory 1 - Successfully Retrofitting Buildings for Wind Resistance
This Recovery Advisory provides examples of ineffective wind retrofits and guidance on an approach that can be taken to comprehensively evaluate vulnerabilities of buildings located in hurricane-prone regions for effectively applying key wind retrofits. The guidelines are applicable not only for buildings that have recently been damaged by wind but also for buildings that have not experienced wind damage. These guidelines are intended to help building owners and operators, design professionals, contractors, and entities that fund retrofits, prevent or limit wind damage and water infiltration during high-wind events, and reflect lessons learned by the MAT after Hurricane Michael.  Read More >
Training Opportunity: E0386 Residential Coastal Construction

Please see below for details regarding an upcoming training opportunity at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute for engineers, architects, and building code and floodplain management officials. This is an excellent once-a-year offering of technical guidance for residential coastal construction. We hope you'll consider participating this August.  
Course Dates: August 12-15, 2019  
Location: Emergency Management Institute (EMI) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Emmitsburg, Maryland  
Course Description: This course is designed to train participants to effectively use FEMA P-55, Coastal Construction Manual (4th Edition). The course and publication provide a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment. The course contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters.   Read More >
2020 National Tropical WX Conference Prospectus Released

The 2020 National Tropical Weather Conference (NTWC) will take place on April 1-5 in South Padre Island, Texas. In its 8th year, the NTWC has grown to nearly 130 broadcast meteorologists, multimedia journalists, and professional bloggers. Click here to view the 2020 prospectus.
The conference brings the nation's top Hurricane forecasters, specialists, and media together to discuss the future hurricane season, challenges of forecasting, innovations in coverage, and strategies to educate the public about hurricane preparation and resilience.
The 2020 agenda will feature outstanding content and include an exclusive keynote and press conference with the nation's premier hurricane seasonal forecaster, Dr. Philip Klotzbach. Visit to learn more about the conference.
WeatherReady Fest Set for September

The National Weather Association (NWA) Foundation will be holding its fourth annual WeatherReady Fest on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Over 60 exhibitors, 4 stage shows, 12 speakers, and 25 large vehicles will convene to share a message of preparedness to an expected crowd of 7,500 people who will come to learn and have fun. 
Be a part of WeatherReady Fest by exhibiting or speaking. There is no fee to participate, although there are outstanding opportunities to support the mission of the NWA Foundation and make the event possible by sponsoring.
Contact Bill Murray at 205-602-7249 or to get involved. 
Save the Date - 2019 NSSA Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Storm Shelter Conference presented by the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) on November 12 -13 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Conference registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12 at the Hilton Birmingham UAB, directly followed by the meeting's start at 8:30 a.m.
The primary purpose of NSSA is to ensure their members produce the highest quality of residential, commercial, and community safe rooms for protecting people from injury or loss of life from the effects of tornadoes and other wind-related events.
For more details about the conference, visit
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