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Volume 20, Issue 3, March 2018
Month in Review
Leslie Chapman-Henderson
FLASH CEO Delivers Keynote at Annual FEMA Workshop

On Monday, March 12, FLASH President & CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson delivered a keynote address to attendees of FEMA's Annual Hazard Mitigation Stakeholder Workshop at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Leslie shared insights on groundbreaking programs and lessons learned, as well as the outlook on the challenges of establishing resilience as a social value in a changing world. Attendees included more than 250 members from various fields including academia, FEMA mitigation officials, floodplain managers, state mitigation officials, tribal members, and additional federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is the home of the EMI and offers the finest in educational resources. The 107 acre campus also houses the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Academy.
Mike Rimoldi
AAMA Southeast Focuses on Resilience
FLASH Senior Vice President of Education and Technical Programs Mike Rimoldi addressed the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Southeast Region members at its February meeting in Orlando, Florida on February 22. The AAMA is a trusted source of education and standards in the fenestration industry. Mike updated the group of architects, engineers, and window and door manufacturers on the damage caused during the 2017 hurricane season. 

Mike explained that it is not uncommon for hurricane prevention to only focus on the coastal-facing side of the building even though winds in tropical storms can come from all directions. "Impact windows and doors aren't enough," he said. "The whole building needs to be reinforced."

"The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active on record," said AAMA Southeast Region Board President Dean Ruark, P.E., and Vice President of Product and Management for PGT Custom Windows + Doors. "It is incredible how far we've come since Hurricane Andrew, where homes are now stronger, fortified, and better prepared to weather these storms. However, our work is far from over. Now is an opportune time to come together as an industry, to share our findings following these storms, and generate new and better ways to prepare for the next one."
FEMA Leads Continued USVI Resilient Rebuilding Mission

FLASH continues to support recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) as part of a team formed and led by FEMA through STARR II to provide assistance and support to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) in the wake of 2017 hurricane devastation. International Code Council (ICC) experts recently joined the effort that includes assistance with the processes underpinning permitting development, inspection activities, new construction, and rebuilding overall in the USVI.
Mike Rimoldi made his second trip to the hurricane-affected region during February along with ICC Regional Manager of Government Relations Tom Allen. ICC will provide training for the newly hired building department staff and assistance as USVI transitions to the 2018 I-Codes. EMAC inspectors are providing essential support as well. "They are crucial to the rebuilding process," Mike said. "With several rebuilding programs underway, the immediate demand for inspections rises, so extra personnel can keep projects moving forward."
Robert Andrews, Tom Allen, Thomas Woods, Arthur Parks, Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Steven Cooper, Joe Tankersley, Lisa Onopa, Kurt Koch, Mark Taylor
FLASH Board Looks To the Future

On February 28, the FLASH Corporate Board of Directors and Advisors gathered in Tallahassee to complete their work on the new five-year strategic framework. The yearlong planning effort focused on initiatives to advance the disaster safety and resilience movement through growth in partnership and programs, including #HurricaneStrong, 
The framework includes creation of four new councils that will provide opportunities for greater participation by new and existing partners alike . The councils include Consumer Outreach, Partnership, Products, Services, and Technology, and Resilience Policy. 

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to serve on the new councils, stay tuned to next month's edition of Partners in Prevention or email today.
Partner Spotlight
Daniel Smith Ph.D.
Partner Spotlight - Daniel Smith Ph.D. 

Daniel is a post-doc research fellow with the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University. His research experience covers a wide range of wind engineering disciplines including: insurance claims analysis for severe wind events, field-deployed anemometry for cyclones, vulnerability and fragility modelling, wind-borne debris trajectory modelling, post-event damage assessment, wind resistance of roofing systems, structural retrofitting for wind and water ingress, wind tunnel testing, behavioral aspects of community cyclone preparedness.
Q: What is your background or education and how did you get interested in disaster safety?
A: My educational experience is in structural engineering, emphasizing wind-related building failures. After completing doctoral research at University of Florida I began working with the Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. Similar to Florida, Queensland is the most at-risk state in Australia with respect to tropical cyclone events. Between the U.S. and Australia over the last decade I have been involved in damage assessments and/or deployed mobile weather stations for seven tropical cyclones and many non-synoptic events (e.g., tornado, thunderstorm). Although I work with the CTS, I am based in Charleston, SC and have current projects with FLASH, University of Florida (UF), Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read more >
Partner News
Help NOAA Build a Weather-Ready Nation

If there was one extreme weather preparedness action you want your loved ones to take, what would it be? For many, that one action is to know ahead of time where their safe place is located. On April 4, please join the National Weather Service and its over 7,300 Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors and take a "selfie" and post with the hashtag  #SafePlaceSelfie .

Here are some helpful suggestions:
  • Think about the hazards in your area that could require you to find a safe place or evacuation route.
  • Get creative! Storm shelters and safe rooms are the best places to take refuge from tornadoes and strong winds, but if you don't have one you'll need to find the next best thing. Hint: maybe an interior bathroom? What would your safe place be during an earthquake? Check out the Great ShakeOut for a starting point. And think of other scenarios or hazards that may require other safe places.
  • What other preparedness actions make your safe place even safer? Having a NOAA Weather Radio? Emergency Kit? Family Communications Plan?
  • Encourage family, friends, and your social media network to post their #SafePlaceSelfie. Tag someone on your post and ask them, "Where is your safe place from extreme weather?" 
For more information visit 
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 5

Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions help reduce your community's wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, family, faith-based group, or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities from future wildfires or current post-fire impacts. Read More >
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Join the FLASH Partnership at the 2018 #HurricaneStrong Resilience Rally 

The 2018 National Hurricane Resilience Initiative - #HurricaneStrong will be launched during the  National Hurricane Conference  (NHC) on Wednesday, March 28 in Orlando with a news event and "Resilience Rally". The rally will bring together disaster safety leaders and special guests with a message of unity and support to communities who are recovering from the 2017 storms while delivering a call for preparedness ahead of the 2018 season.
The first U.S. #HurricaneStrong community will be announced during the rally, and Cummins, State Farm, and USAA will be recognized for their generous support as the 2018 #HurricaneStrong national sponsors.
"We are very excited to begin year three of this important and proven initiative, and we will start by gathering in honor of all those affected by last year's devastating storms," said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. "We want to remind them that we remain committed to their recovery as we simultaneously support readiness and resilience for the season ahead."  
The #HurricaneStrong Presenting Partners include FEMA, FLASH, and NOAA, and The Weather Channel serves as the National Media Partner. The initiative will be featured during a Tuesday workshop at NHC, and the partners will be on-hand throughout the week hosting Facebook live events, providing interviews, participating on panels, and joining Legacy Partners BASF and FEMA to exhibit on Resilience Row.
Please join us for the Resilience Rally if you plan to attend NHC, or help spread the word by sharing the hashtag #HurricaneStrong on your social media channels. For more information on the initiative, email or call (877) 221-SAFE.
You can learn more about the NHC agenda and register by visiting
Dave Shull
Weather Channel CEO to Keynote at NDRC18

Dave Shull, CEO of The Weather Channel , will serve as a keynote speaker for the 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference (NDRC) in Clearwater Beach, FL during November. Dave opened the conference last year and provided one of the top-rated presentations of the gathering. The NDRC is a 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. 
NDRC speakers and 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 more.
Early bird registration is now available with special pricing and early accommodation reservations for those representing academic, corporate, government, nonprofit, organizations, as well as students and speakers. Additionally, several levels of sponsorship are available to spotlight businesses, showcase products, and enjoy invaluable networking opportunities with leaders in the movement. When you sponsor, you will join Gold Sponsor BASF and Bronze Sponsor Smart Vent to help underwrite this important gathering. 
Click here to register, save, and sponsor, or visit the National Disaster Resilience Conference website for more information today. 
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