Leslie Chapman-Henderson Honored with Governor’s Award at Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference

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President, CEO of Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.—FLASH® receives prestigious award for efforts to make Floridians more hurricane-resistant.

This award is a testament to Leslie’s leadership in the disaster safety movement and the work she and FLASH do each day to protect America’s families from hazards of all kinds. --Bill Read, Director National Hurricane Center

Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President/CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), was honored today with the prestigious Governor’s Award at the 2011 Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference.

Chapman-Henderson earned the award for growing FLASH into the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters and for making Florida more hurricane-resistant. Today, FLASH is raising public awareness and providing consumer preparedness education throughout the country on hurricanes, tornadoes, flood, wildfires, earthquakes, hail, lightning, and other disasters.
Chapman-Henderson received the award during the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale. The week-long conference is held to prepare Florida’s emergency first responders for domestic response efforts in the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts through the end of November.

The annual Governor’s Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding, major contribution to the cause of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida. The impact of the individual’s achievement must be statewide in scope.

“Leslie, the FLASH team and their many partners provide life-saving information about how to best protect families and homes from the threat of hurricanes and more,” said National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read. “They set the standard for crafting clever, memorable and innovative programs to make safety plans and home protection an ordinary part of life for every family. This award is a testament to Leslie’s leadership in the disaster safety movement and the work she and FLASH do each day to protect America’s families from hazards of all kinds.”

“I’m extremely proud to accept the Governor’s Award on behalf of the entire FLASH organization and the more than 100 innovative and diverse corporate, government and not-for-profit partners we work with each and every day,” said Chapman-Henderson. “Together, we provide families with free access to ground-breaking research, cutting edge ideas and fun programs that help make America and our world more disaster-resilient. It is a joy to work with so many committed and talented professionals in support of such an important and worthy cause.”

In 2008, FLASH opened the groundbreaking StormStruck: Tale of Two Homes® experience in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort allowing hundreds of thousands of families to learn about severe weather preparedness in a fun, edutainment environment. FLASH has built on the lessons learned and the success of StormStruck to launch a number of family-centric preparedness campaigns for a number of perils. In 2010, FLASH launched the first year of the Great Hurricane Blowout (Blowout), a first of its kind, social media campaign geared to help families get ready for hurricane season.

Now in its second year the Blowout, encourages the use of proven hurricane preparedness tools such as family plans, hurricane emergency kits, and tips for making structurally stronger homes. The Blowout also offers exciting and unique special events, social networking components, sweepstakes and giveaways designed to reach, engage and educate a broad spectrum of coastal Americans. Learn more about the Blowout at http://www.greathurricaneblowout.org.

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. To learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources, visit http://www.flash.org or call (877) 221-SAFE (7233). Also “follow” FLASH on Twitter at @federalalliance and “like” FLASH on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/federalalliance. You can also find FLASH President/CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson on Twitter at @lchenderson.

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