The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is over today, and what a season it was. The record-setting, six-month period delivered 30 named storms, topping the previous 2005 record of 28.
It is only fitting that my guest this week for Strong Homes, Safe Families! is Dr. Rick Knabb, the On-Air Hurricane Expert and Tropical Program Manager for The Weather Channel, one of our longtime resilience champions, and 2017 National Weatherperson of the Year.
Our interview features the National Hurricane Resilience Initiative – #HurricaneStrong, including how his passion helped inspire the effort and how he teamed up with FLASH to co-create it.
We cover a range of topics, including do’s and don’ts, when it comes to hurricane safety, resilience, building codes, and plans for the future of hurricane season public outreach. Dr. Rick Knabb’s contributions to the cause of hurricane resilience are immeasurable. When you listen to this podcast, you will experience the authentic passion he brings to our cause.
- Catching the Hurricane Bug: Rick’s passion for the weather – a combination of scientific interest and rational fear (1:16)
- Live and Learn: Do’s and don’ts before, during, and after hurricanes (1:40)
- Real-World Resilience: Never enough to talk about the weather; we have to do something (3:45)
- The Five Pillars of #HurricaneStrong: Personal Safety, Family Preparedness, Financial Security, Damage Prevention, and Community Service (7:06)
- Life Essentials: First Aid kits, water, non-perishable foods, and medications (10:38)
- Insurance Check-up: Think and plan or lack of resources may lead to financial ruin (12:08) (Take Steps Today for a Smooth Hurricane Claim Process Tomorrow and Have an Insurance Checkup and Make Your Policy #HurricaneStrong)
- Reality Check: The limitations of government assistance make a case for adequate homeowner’s and flood coverage (13:29)
- Building Codes: Beyond aesthetics, what’s behind the walls of your business and home? (14:47)
- Community Connection: The most rewarding part of #HurricaneStrong is helping those less fortunate before, during, and after storms (20:13)
- The #HurricaneStrong Pose: Messaging must be educational, entertaining, and engaging for kids, too (25:11)
- What’s the future of #HurricaneStrong? (29:48)
Click here to listen to this week’s Strong Homes, Safe Families! podcast episode, and don’t forget to subscribe, rate, share, and provide a review on iTunes. Don’t miss these helpful resources and links too:
- Weather Underground
- Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
- FLASH Videos
- National Disaster Resilience Conference
- Ready Business Hurricane
- Know Your Evacuation Zone
- Identificar su Zona de Evacuación
- No Code. No Confidence. – Inspect2Protect
Just in case you missed our previous Strong Homes, Safe Families! episodes:
- #HurricaneStrong and the 2020 Season feat. National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham
- The Scoop on Hurricane Shutters feat. Tim Robinson, Managing Partner of Global Protection Products and President of the International Hurricane Protection Association
- Skills + Supplies Today = Safety and Survival Tomorrow feat. Sean Reilly, District Manager for Lowe’s along North and South Carolina coast-between Myrtle Beach and Morehead City
- #HurricaneStrong Home Hacks that Save Time and Money feat. Bill Ferimer, Lowe’s Store Manager in Wilmington, North Carolina
- Have an Insurance Checkup and Make Your Policy #HurricaneStrong feat. Amanda Chase, State Farm Insurance Agent in Winter Park, Florida
- Take Steps Today for a Smooth Hurricane Claim Process Tomorrow feat. Elizabeth Gulick, VP of Claims Operations for USAA
- Dr. Anne Cope on Science That Makes Us #HurricaneStrong feat. Anne Cope, Ph.D., PE, Chief Engineer at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
- Ready, Set, ShakeOut! Feat. Mark Benthien, Director of Communication, Education and Outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)