Kickoff to Hurricane Season 2020: Communicating Risks – A discussion with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Disaster Recovery Roundtable welcomes Leslie Chapman Henderson with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) to discuss their hurricane mitigation and preparedness programs. Leslie will share information available to emergency managers as they prepare for hurricane season, including the latest on the Hurricane Strong initiative, efforts to promote improved building codes, COVID-19 impacts to their operations, and details about a new FLASH podcast.
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) was formed as a volunteer committee in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and today supports emergency managers and others in preparing for disasters. The organization is best known for its efforts to promote stronger building codes in coastal states prone to hurricanes. FLASH’s CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson will share the latest opportunities available to communities promoting hurricane resilience through the Hurricane Strong designation initiative and how they are updating the program based on a new survey of public input based on this year’s concerns with COVID-19.
- [00:51] Can you tell us about your organization and how it started?
- [02:00] For the emergency managers out there, what resources do you have available to support their efforts preparing for hurricane season?
[03:38] How has COVID-19 has impacted FLASH and the ability to educate the public?
As we approach the 2020 season, it is an unprecedented time for emergency managers, preparing for the start of hurricane season, while still recovering from a pandemic. COVID-19 impacted how you traditionally engaged emergency managers, media, and schools before each season. I understand the annual Hurricane Awareness Tour was cancelled, and you shifted your focus to virtual promotion of risks during Hurricane Awareness Week in May. How has all of this impacted you and your team, and your ability to educate the public?
- [06:35] Wasn’t Leon County in the Tallahassee area the first county to participate in the Hurricane Strong program? How does the program work?
- [11:10] Hurricane Strong sounds like Storm Ready, but not as complicated for a community to support, right?
- [14:10] In relation to COVID-19, how has it impacted what FLASH typical does out in the field?
[16:50] How to get involved with FLASH
For people who want to get involved with your organization, I understand there are some opportunities out there, including your annual conference that you hold in the fall?
- [18:55] For anybody out there who misses their Leslie time – I understand you have a new podcast?
Leslie Chapman-Henderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.
Greg Padgett is the host of Disaster Recovery Roundtable and brings 25 years' experience as a journalist, emergency manager, crisis communicator, and host. From 1991 to 2001, he was a journalist and meteorologist with several TV stations across the southeast U.S. He holds the American Meteorological Society's and National Weather Association's Broadcast Seals of Approval. He previously served as Natural Hazards Program Manager for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, overseeing the development of the state's hurricane, severe weather, flood, and earthquake response plans. He has organized statewide media tours, supported public information officer training, and provided technical assistance in developing response plans and Whole Community preparedness campaigns for local jurisdictions. He also served as an on-air meteorologist for the Weather Channel's Radio Network from 2002 to 2007. He is a past recipient of the National Weather Association's Broadcaster of the Year award.