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Volume 19, Issue 3, March 2017
Month in Review
New - Become a DisasterSmart Leader 

In cooperation with FEMA's Building Science Branch, FLASH launched DisasterSmart-Leadership for a Resilient Future. The new  education initiative is for leaders seeking to advance disaster resilience by fostering an environment with strong, well-built residential homes as the foundation for community resilience.

The new DisasterSmart video and program guide offer appointed and elected leaders with case studies and details on opportunities to support community resilience at all levels of government. The program promotes understanding of resilience policy fundamentals that include building codes, beyond-code mitigation, incentive-aligned relief programs, public-private initiatives, and smart disaster finance. 
National Earthquake Conference Final Report; Video Presentations Now Available 
Last year, FLASH, FEMA, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), and an array of partners and sponsors presented the 2016 National Earthquake Conference (NEC), drawing global attention to the critical cause of earthquake safety.  The full NEC Final Report is now available in the FLASH Newsroom , and thanks to additional support from NEHRP and FEMA, the NEC session videos are available on YouTube at Earthquake Community.   Read More >
Kim Loehr, Mike Rimoldi, Jeanne Salvatore
#HurricaneStrong Home Featured at Lightning Conference

According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes the United States approximately 25 million times a year, and a typical strike can contain one-hundred million volts of electricity. Lightning strikes to unprotected structures can cause injury, deaths, fire, and destroy buildings.

As part of the FLASH partnership with the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and our shared goal to build lightning safe communities, FLASH Senior Vice President of Education and Technical Programs Mike Rimoldi delivered an update on the #HurricaneStrong Home rebuild project in Breezy Point, N.Y. at the ULPA/LPI Annual Conference. The #HurricaneStrong Home features mitigation products, including a lightning protection system supplied and installed by LPI members.   Read More > 

As the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disasters, FLASH team members strive to maintain knowledge through continuous education and training opportunities. Along those lines, Mike Rimoldi attended the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) FORTIFIED Home™ training program at the IBHS Research Center in Richburg, S.C. during February. The two-day program covered the FORTIFIED certification program and detailed how to evaluate homes at three different levels-Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  Read More >
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Hurricane Preparedness Week Set for 2017

It only takes one storm to change your life and community.   Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to get #HurricaneStrong  and prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Learn how with the daily tips below and related links. Share these with your friends and family to ensure that they get prepared.
Click here for more information on the Hurricane Awareness Tour and to download the Outreach Toolkit. 
Southern California: QuakeSmart is Coming this Spring 

Scientists estimate there is a 75 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake striking Southern California in the next 30 years. FLASH and partners are offering three QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshops t o help businesses and nonprofit organizations address this risk.  

The first session will be April 18 in Rancho Mirage. It will feature Dr. Dennis Mileti, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, where he served as director of the Natural Hazards Center. The Center is the United States' clearinghouse for social and behavioral science research related to hazards and disasters.   Read More > 
Join #HurricaneStrong HQ at the 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. 
Deadline for Presentation Submissions Extended 

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

Presenter Abstracts should focus on:
  • Science - to support preparedness, response, recovery, and 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. 
Partner Spotlight
Dr. Ernst Kiesling
Partner Spotlight - Dr. Ernst Kiesling

This month, FLASH had the honor of spending time with Dr. Ernst Kiesling, Research Professor at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University, and Founder and Executive Director of the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). 

With a Ph.D. in Engineering from Michigan State University, Kiesling has a wealth of knowledge and experience in engineering safer outcomes for vulnerable populations. His 50 years of leadership and service in mitigation engineering is remarkable, not only for his long-standing dedication to the field and his students, but also - and most especially - for the conception, design, and development of tornado safe rooms.  Read More >
Partner News
FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Advisory Council

FEMA is requesting individuals who are interested in serving on the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) to apply to be considered for appointment. The NAC is a federal advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. 

The NAC is a geographically diverse mix of officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations who advise the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management.  Read More >
Early Registration is Now Open for the 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 

Early registration is now open for the 13th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering (ACWE), May 21-24, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, FL. ACWE provides an opportunity for scientists, engineers, architects, educators and practitioners to discuss wind science & engineering.  Click here for more information on registration and abstract submission.
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