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Volume 19, Issue 5, May 2017
Month in Review
National Hurricane Conference Recognizes FLASH Partnership for 

On April 19, the National Hurricane Conference presented the FLASH Partnership with an Outstanding Achievement in Public Awareness Award for the #HurricaneStrong - National Hurricane Resilience Initiative. The award cited the collaborative approach to increase hurricane preparedness as well as unprecedented program success. FLASH, FEMA, NOAA, and The Weather Channel serve as Presenting Partners for the initiative.

"We are humbled by this recognition and honored to be a part of #HurricaneStrong alongside the most recognized public and private brands in the disaster safety and mitigation movement," said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. "We are grateful for the support of our 'team of teams' that is growing daily, and we are looking forward to another successful effort for 2017."  Read More > 
Dale Thomure - ISO, John Ingargiola - FEMA, Leslie Chapman-Henderson, Chris Miller - ISO  
FLASH Partners Head to New Orleans for 2017 National Hurricane Conference

FLASH partners turned out in force to participate in the 2017 National Hurricane Conference (NHC) in New Orleans with exposition booths, general session panels, media rap sessions, and workshops.

Back by popular demand, the media rap session focused on Connecting the Communicators-A Dialogue with Messengers from Academia, Emergency Management, Meteorology, News Media, and More.

The well-attended session brought together news media, emergency managers, information officers, and national meteorology leaders to examine the latest trends and challenges in hurricane messaging before, during, and after a storm. Speakers discussed hurricane amnesia versus hysteria and explored the challenges of evacuation and flood insurance in advance of catastrophic events.  Read More >
Building Code Initiative Helps Boost Resilience in American Samoa

Unexpected interruptions like a fire alarm, power outage, or even breaking news are sometimes a part of the routine business day. But there was nothing routine for FLASH SVP Mike Rimoldi while he was nearly 7,000 miles away in American Samoa last month.  Mike was teaching a seismic building code training course when the students requested a 30-minute break to follow the fautasi race, a sport where longboats powered by oars compete.  American Samoa interest in fautasi is similar to the United States interest in the World Series.  Read More >
San Francisco Summit Highlights Businesses and Emergency Management 

During April, FLASH VP of Outreach Barbara Harrison spoke at the inaugural Epicenter 2017 Summit hosted by the San Francisco Emergency Management Foundation. With estimates that 75 percent of organizations without a disaster recovery plan will fail within three years of a major disaster, Harrison focused on the impact to businesses from disasters and the need for engagement between emergency management and the business community as partners in response and recovery.  Read More >
Erik Jester, Mike Rimoldi, Dave Sheperd, Joel May
National AIA Conference Features #HurricaneStrong Home Rebuild 

Mike Rimoldi joined architect Erik Jester from +Lab Architects, David Shepherd from PCA, and Joel May from BASF Corporation for a panel presentation during the 2017 AIA Annual Conference last month in Orlando. The gentlemen delivered an update on the rebuild of the Breezy Point, NY  #HurricaneStrong  Home damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The session highlighted aspects that architects could use as a model for resilient construction when rebuilding after major storms. They addressed the history of the house rebuild, flood resistant features, new techniques and innovations used, and the project's relationship to the greater #HurricaneStrong  campaign.  Read More >
Rancho Mirage QuakeSmart Draws Big Crowd to Seismic Safety 

"The next big California earthquake is coming," said Kate Long from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services at  the recent Rancho Mirage QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop. She likens the prediction to the "Winter is coming" doomsday mantra from the TV series "Game of Thrones," and hopes that those in harm's way are listening.

And Kate is right. We may not know exactly when the next big earthquake is coming, but it is inevitable-a forecast echoed throughout the seismic science community in Southern California.  Read More >
Partner Spotlight
Partner Spotlight - David Halstead 

With 47 years of experience as a first responder and many other duties in emergency services, David Halstead has seen a lot during his career. From the burning of the Fern Park Jai  Alai Fronton in 1972 in Palm Beach, FL, the Seminole County (FL) Jail fire in 1975, the Sanford, FL Amtrak train station fire in 1991, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he remembers most of Florida's major fire and storm disasters during the last 50 years.

When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, he was working in emergency services, and in 2010 he coordinated Florida's Deepwater Horizon project. Now, in 2017, after 18 consecutive years of faithful service on the FLASH Board of Directors, David is taking the next step in his long and fruitful career: retirement. In honor of his career and this special occasion, we invited David to share stories about his years of service in the field.  Read More >
Collaboration Opportunities and Upcoming Events
Register Now for Southern California QuakeSmart Workshops 

With scientists forecasting a 75 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or higher earthquake striking Southern California in the next 30 years, FLASH and FEMA are offering additional QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshops to help businesses and organizations get ready. 

During the workshops on May 16 in Long Beach and May 18 in Los Angeles, attendees will learn how to:
  • Identify risk by learning about business continuity, disaster response, and the cost benefits of preparing for earthquakes and other business interruptions;
  • Develop a plan to identify preparedness and mitigation actions needed to ensure the safety of their employees and customers, as well as conduct assessments and begin to plan for retrofit projects; and
  • Take action to learn how to perform disaster preparedness and mitigation activities.
Both Los Angeles-area workshops will feature Deputy Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration Ben Raju and Los Angeles Chief Resilience Officer Marisa Aho.  Read More >
Registration Now Available for the 2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference

Registration and hotel room booking has just opened for the FLASH 2017 National Disaster Resilience Conference October 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
The Conference will bring together the nation's foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement to share best practices, inspire, collaborate, and create meaningful action. Attendees include leaders, professionals, and practitioners from a cross-section of organizations who share the FLASH partner's mission of strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disasters of all kinds.  Read More >
Partner News
Free FEMA Safe Room Webinar Now Available 

Don't miss a special opportunity on Monday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to attend the FEMA P-320 - Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business  course in a new one-hour online webinar format. The course provides homeowners and builders alike guidance for residential and small business safe rooms using the FEMA P-320 publication, and will include information on the following topics:
  • FEMA safe room background
  • Do you need a safe room?
  • Safe room planning
  • What are my safe room options?
  • Using the updated construction plans
  • Consumer guidance
Webinar participants will receive a certificate of completion indicating one Professional Development Hour for those who wish to self-report for their respective professional license.  Participation is limited so  click here to register today.
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