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Volume 21, Issue 6, June 2019
Month in Review
Dr. Rick Knabb and Leslie Chapman-Henderson
No Code. No Confidence. & Inspect2Protect Go Live

Disaster safety stakeholders marked the beginning of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season equipped with exciting new ways to promote community resilience thanks to the FLASH Partnership. The research-informed No Code. No Confidence. campaign and Inspect2Protect website came online in May, swiftly garnering news coverage as well as online attention with NPR's Weekend Edition, CardRates, The Weather Channel, and many others featuring the ground-breaking initiative.

Saturday, June 1, NPR's Weekend Edition aired No Move To Tighten Building Codes As Hurricane Season Starts In Florida. The story featured Habitat for Humanity homeowner Christina Harding, whose "Habitat Strong" home was still standing after Hurricane Michael. FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson discussed the importance of adopting and enforcing current, modern building codes.

CardRates focused on the FLASH Partnership and mission in the article FLASH Raises Awareness of Disaster Preparedness and Building Codes to Safeguard Families and Assets on May 30. The feature covers the importance of insurance and planning to boost resilience, the #HurricaneStrong campaign, and the No Code. No Confidence. launch.  Read More >
#HurricaneStrong Home Partners
Resilience Leaders Commemorate the # HurricaneStrong Home

On May 30, FLASH partners gathered to commemorate the completed rebuild of Diane Hellriegel's new #HurricaneStrong home. The home served as a signature, multi-year demonstration project supported by BASF Corporation, FEMA, Huber Engineered Woods, Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association, Kohler, Lightning Protection Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology, +LAB Architect PLLC, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, Trex Company, and Smart Vent.

The new home replaced a house built in 1955 by Hellriegel's grandfather that was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012.

According to the project leader, the longstanding Breezy Point project may have come to a close, but the emblematic story of resilience is only just beginning. "We rebuilt Diane's house, so she can move into the first home that combines elements of both resilience and sustainability in housing - it's a gamechanger," said Illya Azaroff, AIA, +LAB Architect PLLC.  Read More >
John Ingargiola and Leslie Chapman-Henderson
FLOOD FEST 2019: The Mitigation & Resilience Tour

On May 21, Leslie Chapman-Henderson joined Chad Berginnis, Executive Director - Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM); Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist - US Army Corps of Engineers; Maria Cox-Lamm, State Coordinator - South Carolina DNR; and Mark Osler, Senior Advisor, Coastal Inundation and Resilience - NOAA for the opening general session address at the 43rd ASFPM Conference in Cleveland, OH.

Chapman-Henderson delivered a briefing entitled, Groundbreaking Building Code Awareness Through Consumer Research - The No Code. No Confidence. Campaign, to more than 1,000 flood-risk professionals. During her presentation, cell phone screens lit up across the room as attendees immediately searched their locations on the new website.

"B uilding codes may not be exciting to the public, but once they understand that they may not have codes in their town, that changes swiftly," said Chapman-Henderson. "This new campaign is bringing needed attention to the issue of missing and outdated codes using clever advertising and transparency, and it is already driving improved resilience through leadership awareness."  Read More >
No Code. No Confidence. Partner Toolkit Now Available

FLASH is pleased to announce the National Building Code Awareness Project -  No Code. No Confidence.  Partner Toolkit is now available for viewing, download, and use.

The toolkit elements include animations, images, and videos that are available in different formats optimized for use on multiple platforms.
  1. Partner Toolkit Explainer Slides
  2. No Code. No Confidence. & Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Why Americans Aren't Concerned About Building Codes (even though they should be) Commentary Paper
  4. Be Code Confident Digital Badge
  5. Building Code Statistic Shareable Graphic
  6. Building Codes Build Confidence Shareable Graphic (Two Options)
  7. Inspect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Shareable Graphic
  8. Code Confident 8-Second Shareable GIF (Three Options)
  9. Code Confident 8-Second Shareable MP4 (Three Options)
  10. No Code. No Confidence. Four-Way Stop 8-Second Shareable GIF
  11. No Code. No Confidence. Four-Way Stop 8-Second Shareable MP4
  12. No Code. No Confidence. Four-Way Stop 15-Second & 30-Second Public Service Announcements
  13. No Code. No Confidence. Parachute 30-Second & 45-Second Public Service Announcement
  14. No Code. No Confidence. 15-Second & 1:15 Movie Trailer Animation 
Please visit  to register for the toolkit. Once you do, you will receive an email with your username and password to access the site. Also, please share this email with your colleagues and external partners who wish to help promote strong building codes and disaster resilience. If you have any questions, email
Leon County News Conference Participants
Capital City Paves the way for Florida Resilience

On Friday, May 31, Leslie Chapman-Henderson and James McGowan joined Leon County, FL community leaders for a news conference in advance of the 2019 hurricane season. Leslie provided an overview of the five steps of #HurricaneStrong, the Community Designation Program and why it's an important designation for Leon County - the first to receive the designation in 2018. Additional speakers included Commission Chairman Jimbo Jackson, Mayor John Dailey, Sheriff Walt McNeil, and Leon County Emergency Manager Kevin Peters.

"Leon County is proud to be recognized by FLASH and FEMA as the first #HurricaneStrong leader in the nation, which recognizes our commitment to learning and improving after every disaster," said Jimbo Jackson. "Keeping our citizens safe and informed has always been a top priority, and each year we gather community leaders to remind citizens to prepare for hurricane season."
Riley Tuff and Mike Rimoldi
Cape Coral Looks to Become # HurricaneStrong

Nearly 50 people gathered at the Cape Coral City Council Chambers on May 22 to hear local experts discuss hurricane preparedness for the 2019 season. Speakers included Jim Farrell, Chief Meteorologist - WINK News; Alvin Henderson, Manager - Cape Coral Emergency Management Division; Bill Johnson, Jr., Construction Expert; Ryan Lamb - Fire Chief - City of Cape Coral; Mike Rimoldi, SVP Education and Technical Programs - FLASH; and Riley Tuff, Coordinator - City of Cape Coral Emergency Management.

Mike's presentation featured the #HurricaneStrong Community Designation and how the City of Cape Coral can qualify for the program. Attendees also heard about important concepts such as how hurricanes form and develop, how to prepare, and the importance of finding a licensed contractor should your home suffer any damage during the storm. Read More >
Partner Spotlight
Kurt Koch
Partner Spotlight - Kurt Koch

Kurt Koch is the VP of Product Engineering and Quality at Huber Engineered Woods, the maker of ZIP System® building enclosures and AdvanTech® subflooring assemblies. Kurt serves on the FLASH Board of Directors.

Q: How did you get interested in disaster safety?

My entire professional career has been linked in some way with building construction and design. As a licensed professional engineer, I have had occasion to observe structures that have performed well over time and, conversely, structures that haven't fared so well when subjected to high loads. I have always had a professional and personal curiosity about why certain buildings show no signs of damage during storms or seismic events. If some buildings survive disasters, why can't we extend that experience so that all buildings survive storms or other natural disasters? As I have gained experience and knowledge of structural building systems that work, I have been more in tune with resilient, sustainable building design, and construction practices. Read More > 
Partner News
PCA Releases New Report on the Value of Resilient Design and Construction

Legacy Partner Portland Cement Association (PCA), representing America's cement manufacturers, released a new report focused on resiliency titled The Real Value of Resilient Construction. The report demonstrates through historical data, evidence from external sources, and comparisons of building materials that resilient design and construction built with concrete leads to longer-lasting buildings due to concrete's ability to stand up to normal wear and tear and resistance to extreme weather events.  Read More >
FEMA Seeks Public Comment for New Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing an invitation for the public to comment on the development and implementation of Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will focus on reducing the nation's risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase a community's resilience before a disaster.

Communities from all levels of government federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial, as well as key stakeholders, including private businesses, citizens, vulnerable and at-risk populations, critical infrastructure sectors, and non-profit, academic, and philanthropic organizations are encouraged to provide comment. The development of the BRIC program - and how, as a nation, we can deliver those outcomes - is vital. 
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Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
NEC2020 Presenter? Apply Today!

If you have expertise in the latest advances in earthquake science, best practices for outreach and education, building science and code advancement, and policy initiatives that improve resilience, FLASH invites you to submit a presentation for the 2020 National Earthquake Conference (NEC) March 4-6 in San Diego, CA.

Sponsorship opportunities  are now available to spotlight your business and allow you to network with leaders in the earthquake and tsunami preparedness movement. Conference attendees will include academia, building code experts, design/build professionals, FEMA directorates, first responders, geologists, local emergency managers, insurance and reinsurance professionals, local and tribal governments, private-sector interests, public information officers, state government leaders, social science practitioners, U.S. State and Territorial Earthquake Managers, USGS leadership, and volunteers.

Every four years, the NEC brings together seismic stakeholders to address the science, policy, and practical developments in the earthquake and tsunami safety realm. The 2016 conference drew worldwide experts, inspired an immediate increase in financial support for earthquake safety research, and generated an ongoing, global dialogue about challenges the U.S. faces with seismic risk. 
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Early Bird Available - #NDRC19

Show your support for resiliency and help define your organization's role in the disaster safety and resilience movement by registering for the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Conference on November 19-22 in Clearwater Beach, FL to hear from leaders from FEMA, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub, The Weather Channel, U.S. Small Business Administration, USAA, and many others.

NDRC19 registration is open, and several levels of sponsorship are still available for this year's conference. When you sponsor, you will join FLASH Legacy Partner and Titanium Sponsor International Code Council along with fellow Legacy Partners Gold Sponsors BASF Corporation, Lowe's, and USAA, and Silver Sponsor ISO to show your support for resiliency. Your sponsorship will demonstrate leadership and commitment to resilient communities, help support the latest in science, policy, and practice, and strengthen your alignment with other leaders in the disaster safety and resilience movement. This prospectus will help you identify the ideal sponsorship level to meet your needs.

The NDRC is the premier leadership conference that brings together the nation's foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement, drawing a diverse crowd of experts and organizations across all sectors. Take advantage of the exclusive opportunities to make sure the voice and value of your brand are heard by the key, targeted audiences you want to reach.  Read More >
Puerto Rico QuakeSmart Agenda Announced

Business, nonprofit, and emergency communities will come together on August 28 in Dorado, Puerto Rico for a free  QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop   presented by FLASH and Founding & Legacy Partner FEMA. Studies have shown that three years after a natural disaster impact, 75% of businesses without a continuity plan will fail. 

The workshop shares QuakeSmart protocols that can reduce damage costs, save lives, and 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 ProgramRead More >
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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