I'm excited to have a place on the agenda at the annual conference of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, better known as FLASH. The Florida-based national non-profit is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters - sounds like a mission that NFPA can live with!
This year's conference theme, "A Resilience Revolution," seemed to fit right in with what I'm seeing these days with wildfire preparedness and community resilience. People aren't buying the same old conventional wisdom that there's nothing they can do about natural hazards and that disaster and destruction are inevitable. Through programs like Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities, and thanks to research from the USDA Forest Service, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, revolutionary ideas have burst through the noise to make a real difference in home and community safety.
I'll be on an august panel of presenters talking about innovative approaches to designing resilient communities. The title "Before the Hammer" makes me happy - it means we are thinking about location, siting and infrastructure before building in harm's way, to design the safest and most resilient homes and communities possible.
While much of the work in wildfire preparedness for homeowners is "after the hammer," in other words, what we can do if our homes are already vulnerable, I am looking forward to learning and sharing with other participants what we can do before the disaster is on our doorstep to make the future safer for all.
Ready to join the resilience revolution? Come to the conference November 19-21 in Orlando - registration is discounted through September 19.