Hurricane Season is Here -- Protect Your Home in a FLASH from Hurricane Damage

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The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. offers new DIY tips and resources for making homes more hurricane resistant; launches Home Depot gift card sweepstakes through its 2011 Great Hurricane Blowout

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We recognize that families are stretched for time, but it’s essential that everyone adequately prepare their families and strengthen their homes in preparation for impending hurricanes.
~Leslie Chapman-Henderson, FLASH President/CEO

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. offers new DIY tips and resources for making homes more hurricane resistant; launches Home Depot gift card sweepstakes through its 2011 Great Hurricane Blowout.

June 1 marks the first day of the 2011 hurricane season, a time that homeowners across the “hurricane belt” should be busy preparing their homes in order to best protect their families and their properties from impending hurricanes.

That’s why the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.® (FLASH), the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters, today launched "Protect Your Home in a FLASH," a new resource that provides families with do-it-yourself home projects to better prepared them to face a hurricane. "Protect Your Home in a FLASH" is among several FLASH hurricane preparedness initiatives that are part of its 2011 Great Hurricane Blowout (Blowout), a multi-faceted campaign designed to raise hurricane preparedness awareness.

A Protect Your Home in a FLASH video, walks homeowners through a hurricane home inspection, suggests “do-it-yourself” mitigation activities, provides a list of necessary supplies, and offers additional considerations for preparing for hurricane season.

Separated into tasks that can be completed in one hour, one day, or one weekend, the video begins with a DIY home inspection that points out what could become liabilities to a home’s integrity should a hurricane strike. Homeowners are encouraged to ensure that windows and doors, including garage doors, are properly installed and reinforced; consider landscaping; check rain gutters for blockages; and inspect roofs for loose or broken tiles among other things.

Once homeowners identify hurricane risk areas that need to be addressed, they are encouraged to visit the FLASH website at http://www.flash.org where they can easily access:

  • a DIY Checklist that shows how to perform an inspection of your home’s wind resistance
  • a DIY Wind Inspection video
  • Emergency board-up instructions and video
  • additional information: Prepare Your Family, Prepare Your Home, and What To Do After

Learn even more about proven hurricane preparedness tools such as family plans, hurricane emergency kits, and tips for making structurally stronger homes by visiting the 2011 Great Hurricane Blowout (Blowout) on Facebook. “Like” the Blowout and become eligible for weekly Home Depot gift card giveaways and enter the Kohler Home Generator Sweepstakes. More details on Blowout events and other campaign components in the coming days and weeks can be found at http://www.greathurricaneblowout.org. Also, follow the Blowout on Twitter (@ghblowout).

“We recognize that families are stretched for time, but it’s essential that everyone adequately prepare their families and strengthen their homes in preparation for impending hurricanes,” said Leslie Chapman Henderson, President/CEO, FLASH. “Protect Your Home in a FLASH provides families with specific steps they can take to protect themselves in a relatively short amount of time. Also, the 2011 Great Hurricane Blowout helps makes preparedness a bit more affordable by providing weekly opportunities to win valuable gift cards from the Home Depot, she adds.”

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, 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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