The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. ‐ FLASH® was founded as a public awareness campaign in 1998 to educate citizens about disaster safety and promote safer, better‐built homes in post‐ Hurricane Andrew Florida. With the help of its founding partners, including federal and state agencies, other nonprofits and financial and insurance businesses, FLASH helped create a widespread demand for stronger, safer homes. When the initial success of the campaign revealed FLASH’s potential for long‐term beneficial impact, FLASH was expanded into a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that offers free disaster safety and mitigation resources nationwide.
Today FLASH is committed to strengthening homes, safeguarding families and protecting economic well‐being by promoting disaster preparedness and mitigation. FLASH’s list of partners continues to grow and now includes more than 100 public, private and nonprofit organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida State Emergency Response Team, International Code Council, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, National Weather Service, Renaissance Reinsurance, Salvation Army, State Farm Insurance Companies, Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Tech University, The Home Depot, USAA and WeatherPredict Consulting.
The ultimate demonstration of FLASH’s success in forging partnerships and inspiring collaboration is the creation of StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot ® at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The StormStruck experience is a one‐of‐a-kind combination of interactivity and education delivering lifesaving messages about weather safety.
FLASH has become a trusted resource for many state and national news organizations. CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and The Associated Press have all featuredFLASH programs.
FLASH’s educational resources and programs have been recognized with state and nationalawards since its inception including the 2009 Governor’s Hurricane Conference CorporateAward for StormStruck; 2008 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding AchievementAward; 2008 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Distinguished Service Award; 2007 Tulsa PartnersPresident’s Award; 2006 Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Excellence in PublicEducation/Public Information Award; 2005 National Hurricane Conference Award for OutstandingAchievement in Public Awareness; 2005 U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA EnvironmentalHero Award; 2005 National Weather Association Walter J. Bennett Public ServiceAward; 2005 Texas Public Relations Association’s Silver Spur for Public Awareness; 2002 NationalHurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement in Mitigation Award; 2002 FEMA SpecialRecognition Award; 2002 Florida Fire Chiefs Association Excellence in Community and PublicEducation Award; 2002 Florida Emergency Preparedness Association Corporate Award and the 2001 Governor’s Hurricane Conference Public Education Award.