Federal Alliance for Safe Homes® Applauds New Florida Law Requiring Statewide Approval of Building Materials Marketed as Hurricane-Safe

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The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) today applauded the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for the passage and signing of HB 849

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) today applauded the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott for the passage and signing of HB 849 requiring statewide approval of building products advertised, sold, distributed or marketed as hurricane, windstorm or impact protection from wind-borne debris during a hurricane or windstorm. This measure becomes law effective July 1, 2011.

“This new law goes a long way toward protecting Florida citizens by ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the building materials used to make their homes safe in the event of high winds or hurricanes,” said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President/ CEO of FLASH.

According to Chapman-Henderson, the law also better protects Florida homeowners by requiring that home inspectors have at least two hours of hurricane mitigation training as part of their required 14 hours of continuing education.

About FLASH
Tallahassee, FL-based Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.® (FLASH), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 100 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster-resistant nation including: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot, International Code Council, National Weather Service, Renaissance Reinsurance, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, USAA, Kohler, BASF and WeatherPredict Consulting, Inc. In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience: StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Orlando, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting http://www.flash.org or calling (877) 221-SAFE (7233).

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