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Strong Homes, Safe Families!

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The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®) is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.
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With more than $40 billion in insured losses due to wildfire in just the past three years, understanding wildfire threats to homes and families is vital. This episode offers an in-depth conversation about the continuing toll of wildfire losses across the United States, making it clear that there is STILL more to do. You can do your part by participating in the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, this Saturday, May 1. Thanks to the generous support from National Wildfire Preparedness Day sponsor State Farm, 150 communities received project funding awards to support activities aimed at reducing potential loss of life, property, and natural resources to wildfire. Please join our guest Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Director with NFPA. We discuss the new Outthink Wildfire Initiative, wildfire mitigation, defensible space, and the importance of wildfire prevention. Topics Include: ● Vis-a-vis Nature: How and where to build before paying for development and disasters (3:20) ● Firewise: Dependent on Forest Service grants, now partners for preparedness campaign (5:20) ● Typical Wildfires: What does and doesn’t make wildfire a risk? (7:09) ● Embers Ignite: Dry leaves that accumulate and pile up in corners and gutters do damage (9:10) ● Wildfire Mitigation: Protect your home before because nobody will be there with a hose (10:50) ● Effective Measures: Make sure home envelope and exterior is ignition resistant (12:25) ● What’s fuel?: Pine needles, leaves, trees, and homes - no fuel means no fire (16:46) ● First Saturday in May: Wildfire Community Prep Day to spread awareness, reduce risk (22:46) ● Outthink Wildfire Initiative: Wildfires are going to happen and will not be extinguished (24:51) ● Mitigate Risk/Retrofit: Use and enforce sensible building codes and land use standards (29:37) ● House/Structure Fire vs. Wildfire: 37% of fire responders are trained, only ⅔ have PPE (34:17) Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
With more than $40 billion in insured losses due to wildfire in just the past three years, understanding wildfire threats to homes and families is vital. This episode offers an in-depth conversation about the continuing toll of wildfire losses across the United States, making it clear that there is STILL more to do. You can do your part by participating in the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, this Saturday, May 1. Thanks to the generous support from National Wildfire Preparedness Day sponsor State Farm, 150 communities received project funding awards to support activities aimed at reducing potential loss of life, property, and natural resources to wildfire. Please join our guest Michele Steinberg, Wildfire Division Director with NFPA. We discuss the new Outthink Wildfire Initiative, wildfire mitigation, defensible space, and the importance of wildfire prevention. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Some might recall ten years ago when a deadly tornado outbreak hit Alabama. One young family will never forget. That family is the Harrison’s. On April 27, 2011, they survived what NOAA dubbed “… the deadliest day for tornadoes in 75 years.” Since that day, they have shared their inspiring story to help prevent injuries and deaths from deadly extreme winds. Please join our guest host, weather veteran, and chief meteorologist at ABC 33/40 James Spann along with FLASH Leadership partners and tornado survivors Kevin and Sarabeth Harrison as they recall their experience of survival, parental love, and the importance of a tornado safe room. Topics: ● When and why build a safe room? Safety from storms when they occur (1:57) ● Was it a normal day in Athens? No, a bad storm was headed their way, be prepared (2:41) ● How did the family get a tornado warning? Watching the weather and radar broadcast (3:01) ● How much time did they have? Rushed into the safe room and closed the door (3:19) ● What was it like in the safe room? Sound got louder and louder, then suddenly stopped (4:28) ● How long did it take for the tornado to pass through their property? 30 seconds (5:03) ● How did their children react? Followed their lead - stay calm and be prepared (5:43) ● How long did it take to get out of the safe room? Buried for 40 minutes due to debris (6:20) ● What did their property look like after the tornado hit? Everything else was destroyed (8:31) ● Where did they live while their new home was being built? Stayed in an apartment (9:34) ● Why was a certified, tested, and approved safe room built at the new house? FLASH (10:04) ● Lessons Learned: Be weather aware, get warnings, and take safety seriously (13:41) Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233) Links and Resources: Tornado YouTube Playlist Tornadoes: After the Storm - Important Tips Tornadoes: Safe Rooms Understand Tornado Alerts Tornadoes: NOAA Weather Radio
With 52 million downloads, the wildly popular MyRadar app is a weather alerting leader, and this podcast with MyRadar’s Mark Taylor delivers insights for weather geeks of all kinds. From the early days of polygons and maps to the state of weather tech, Mark and guest host John Zarrella cover all the bases. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with two former national broadcast journalists who serve as FLASH board advisors and help advance the cause of disaster resilience.  Topics Include: ● Weather Media and Technology: Passion and interest in weather—it’s no joke (0:44) ● Weather and Space Gadgets: Marriage of technology to get the forecast right (2:26) ● Weather Resources: Evolution of data, information, and satellites (2:47) ● Innovation and Accomplishments: Take vision and turn it into a real product (3:10)     ○ 2006: Built first interactive weather map with real-time data and hurricane tracker     ○ 2010: Added precise polygon alerts and warnings using GPS and smartphones ● FLASH: Fueled passion for resilience and willingness to volunteer with dedicated focus (5:07) ● MyRadar: Powerful, accurate radar/weather prediction app w/ over 52-million downloads (6:21) ● Vision: Weather has an impact, add radar for tracking to make it better (7:01) ● Mission: Provide information that matters to you where you are in a timely manner (7:36) ● Features: Focus on more than the weather—alerts, temperatures, forecasts, and videos (8:41) ● Educational Platform: What’s the difference between a watch and warning? (10:22) ● Big Data: Too much information, voices, mixed messages, and trusted sources (11:46) ● New Tech Investments: Sophisticated satellites, nowcasting, and road weather (15:53)  ● 2021 Goals: Continue to evolve the application, company, and platform (19:46) Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
With 52 million downloads, the wildly popular MyRadar app is a weather alerting leader, and this podcast with MyRadar’s Mark Taylor delivers insights for weather geeks of all kinds. From the early days of polygons and maps to the state of weather tech, Mark and guest host John Zarrella cover all the bases. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with two former national broadcast journalists who serve as FLASH board advisors and help advance the cause of disaster resilience. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
This week's Strong Homes, Safe Families! guest is self-described rock nerd, Amanda Siok - Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcano Program Manager for FEMA Region X in Seattle. During this interview, Amanda offers a dive into Alaska's earthquake history, building code progress, resilience strategies, and much more during this episode. Her perspectives on disaster safety through strong buildings and best practices offer a fresh take on our shared goals to create disaster-resilient communities. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
This week's Strong Homes, Safe Families! guest is self-described rock nerd, Amanda Siok - Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcano Program Manager for FEMA Region X in Seattle. During this interview, Amanda offers a dive into Alaska's earthquake history, building code progress, resilience strategies, and much more during this episode. Her perspectives on disaster safety through strong buildings and best practices offer a fresh take on our shared goals to create disaster-resilient communities. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Depending on where you live, earthquakes to tornadoes, and wildfires are all too common and concerning perils. What can you do to protect your home and family from each potentially dangerous type of natural hazard and disaster? This week, we turned the tables, and FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman- Henderson is interviewed by John Zarrella, JZ Media, former CNN Correspondent, and one of our valued Board Advisors. During this podcast, John and Leslie talk about 10 affordable, simple, do-it-yourself (DIY) ways to safeguard your family and make your home stronger before the year ends. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Depending on where you live, earthquakes to tornadoes, and wildfires are all too common and concerning perils. What can you do to protect your home and family from each potentially dangerous type of natural hazard and disaster? This week, we turned the tables, and FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman- Henderson is interviewed by John Zarrella, JZ Media, former CNN Correspondent, and one of our valued Board Advisors. During this podcast, John and Leslie talk about 10 affordable, simple, do-it-yourself (DIY) ways to safeguard your family and make your home stronger before the year ends. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
We often say that building codes are the foundation for resilience, and today’s new podcast reinforces that message.  This week’s Strong Homes, Safe Families! guest is Edward (Ed) M. Laatsch, Director - Safety, Planning, and Building Science Division of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Management Directorate - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ed is a FLASH Founding and Legacy Partner, one of the nation’s leading experts on building science, and a true champion for resilience.  During this interview, we talk about the who, what, when, and why of the brand new Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention.  Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
We often say that building codes are the foundation for resilience, and today’s new podcast reinforces that message.  This week’s Strong Homes, Safe Families! guest is Edward (Ed) M. Laatsch, Director - Safety, Planning, and Building Science Division of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Management Directorate - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ed is a FLASH Founding and Legacy Partner, one of the nation’s leading experts on building science, and a true champion for resilience.  During this interview, we talk about the who, what, when, and why of the brand new Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study of Loss Prevention.  Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is over today, and what a season it was. The record-setting six month period delivered 30 named storms, topping the previous 2005 record of 28. It is only fitting that this week's guest for Strong Homes, Safe Families! podcast is Dr. Rick Knabb, the on-air hurricane expert, and tropical program manager for The Weather Channel, one of our longtime resilience champions, and 2017 National Weatherperson of the Year. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know! Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is over today, and what a season it was. The record-setting six month period delivered 30 named storms, topping the previous 2005 record of 28. It is only fitting that this week's guest for Strong Homes, Safe Families! podcast is Dr. Rick Knabb, the on-air hurricane expert, and tropical program manager for The Weather Channel, one of our longtime resilience champions, and 2017 National Weatherperson of the Year. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know! Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Ready, Set, ShakeOut!

Ready, Set, ShakeOut!

2020-09-2929:56

When there’s a fire, you likely know to Stop, Drop, and Roll, but do you know how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On when an earthquake occurs? Unlike other natural disasters, earthquakes do not have seasons. They can strike without warning, so it is essential to know how to protect yourself, your family, and your employees. That’s where the Great ShakeOut comes in. This week our guest is Mark Benthien, Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and global ShakeOut advisor. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know! Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
When there’s a fire, you likely know to Stop, Drop, and Roll, but do you know how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On when an earthquake occurs? Unlike other natural disasters, earthquakes do not have seasons. They can strike without warning, so it is essential to know how to protect yourself, your family, and your employees. That’s where the Great ShakeOut comes in. This week our guest is Mark Benthien, Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and global ShakeOut advisor. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know! Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Have you ever heard that closing your doors can limit damage in a windstorm? Do you know how many bathtubs worth of wind-driven water comes through an unprotected roof? Can you explain why something as innocuous as a soffit is relevant to the fate of your home? And, by the way, what exactly is a soffit? If you want answers to these questions and more, this is the podcast for you. This week we talk about science and demystify the #HurricaneStrong home. Our guest expert is Anne Cope, Ph.D., PE, Chief Engineer at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). Dr. Cope’s insights are not just invaluable but a pleasure to hear. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know! Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Have you heard that closing your interior doors can limit damage in a windstorm? Do you know how many bathtubs worth of wind-driven water comes through an unprotected roof? Can you explain why something as innocuous as a soffit is relevant to the fate of your home? And, by the way, what exactly is a soffit? If you want answers to these questions and more, this is the podcast for you. This week we talk about science and demystify the #HurricaneStrong home. Our guest expert is Anne Cope, Ph.D., PE, Chief Engineer at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). Dr. Cope’s insights are not just invaluable but a pleasure to hear. We hope you enjoy it. Let us know!  Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
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