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Strong Homes, Safe Families!

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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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)
Hurricane season is here. Are you fully prepared by having the right insurance? Do you have a home inventory to go along with your policy? Did you know that a detailed written, photographic, or video inventory of your belongings is the most effective way to plan for a claim? This week’s Strong Homes, Safe Families! expert guest is Elizabeth Gulick, Vice President of Claims Operations for USAA and member of the FLASH Board of Directors. Elizabeth shares her experience on the best way to create a home insurance inventory and much more. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Hurricane season is here. Are you fully prepared by having the right insurance? Do you have a home inventory to go along with your policy? Did you know that a detailed written, photographic, or video inventory of your belongings is the most effective way to plan for a claim?
Are you in the dark about what your insurance policy will provide after a hurricane? Did you know that you may have coverage for food that spoils when the power fails even if your home isn't damaged? Moreover, did you know that food spoilage coverage is often deductible-free? This week’s Strong Homes, Safe Families! podcast interview and checklist focus on the insurance checkup or annual review—your way to make your policy #HurricaneStrong. Our guest for this podcast is Amanda Chase, a State Farm insurance agent in Winter Park, Florida. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Are you in the dark about what your insurance policy will provide after a hurricane? Did you know that you may have coverage for food that spoils when the power fails even if your home isn't damaged? Moreover, did you know that food spoilage coverage is often deductible-free?
Strengthening our homes for hurricane season to ensure damage prevention is more important than ever this year due to COVID-19 and the potential need for social distancing. This week’s Strong Homes, Safe Families! podcast, checklists, and feature video provide information about affordable ways to get your home #HurricaneStrong, so you and your family are ready for the already-busy season. My guest expert for this podcast discussion is Bill Ferimer, Lowe’s Store Manager in Wilmington, North Carolina. This 15-minute discussion will get you well on your way to readiness. Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Strengthening our homes for hurricane season to ensure damage prevention is more important than ever this year due to COVID-19 and the potential need for social distancing.
What’s in your hurricane supply kit? Do you have what you need to make repairs after a storm? Can you safely operate a generator? How about a chainsaw? This week’s podcast with checklists and videos will provide the refresher you need to make sure you are #HurricaneStrong and ready for the June 1 start of hurricane season. My guest expert for this discussion on Episode Three of Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Sean Reilly, District Manager for Lowe’s along North and South Carolina coasts⁠—between Myrtle Beach and Morehead City. In this interview, Sean talks about the importance of individual and family preparedness by having adequate disaster know-how, supplies, and equipment.  Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
What’s in your hurricane supply kit? Do you have what you need to make repairs after a storm? Can you safely operate a generator? How about a chainsaw? This week’s podcast with checklists and videos will provide the refresher you need to make sure you are #HurricaneStrong and ready for the June 1 start of hurricane season. My guest expert for this discussion on Episode Three of Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Sean Reilly, District Manager for Lowe’s along North and South Carolina coasts⁠—between Myrtle Beach and Morehead City. In this interview, Sean talks about the importance of individual and family preparedness by having adequate disaster know-how, supplies, and equipment.  Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Before Mother Nature heads your way, are you prepared for hurricane season? Our guest for Episode Two on Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Tim Robinson, managing partner of Global Protection Products and president of the International Hurricane Protection Association. In this interview, Tim tells us everything you need to know to choose the right hurricane shutters for your home. Topics Include: ● Opening Protection: Windows, glass doors, and older openings ● Code/Testing Requirements: Change is inevitable when building impact-rated products ● Two Test Types: Wind cycle and impact resistance to approve products ● Options: What are they? How are they mounted? How much do they cost? - Galvanized steel vs. aluminum panel - Clear or polycarbonate storm panel - Fabric panel - Accordion shutter - Roll-up shutter - Hinged-colonial or Bahama shutter ●  ROI: Insurance savings and discounts ● Lessons Learned No matter what shutter system is selected, maintain it regularly Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) #HurricaneStrong Leslie Chapman-Henderson Email: info@flash.org Toll-free: (877) 221-SAFE (7233)
Before Mother Nature heads your way, are you prepared for hurricane season? Our guest for Episode Two on Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Tim Robinson, managing partner of Global Protection Products and president of the International Hurricane Protection Association. In this interview, Tim tells us everything you need to know to choose the right hurricane shutters for your home.
Are you prepared to protect your family and home before hurricane season hits? Will you be able to bounce back swiftly? Today’s guest is Ken Graham from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and he has plenty of tips to stay safe. Leslie Chapman-Henderson from Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) talks to Ken about the science, public policy, and practice of being better prepared for hurricanes. Topics: ● Rising Water Evacuation: Why and when Ken decided to become a meteorologist ● Disaster Resilience: Bouncing back to recover quickly from a hurricane is possible ● Science: Meteorological breakthrough with track forecast and ability to narrow errors ● Public Policy: Best practices to be resilient by knowing who and when to evacuate ● Practice: Risk communication, perception, decision-making, and other human factors ● Tech Tools: People flee storms, but hurricane hunters use technology to collect data ● Preparation: Positive impact due to COVID-19 pandemic
Are you prepared to protect your family and home before hurricane season hits? Will you be able to bounce back swiftly?
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