Building Codes Save Study with FEMA’s Ed Laatsch, Director – Safety, Planning, and Building Science Division of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Management Directorate – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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)
Reality Check: The limitations of government assistance make a case for adequate homeowner’s and flood coverage (13:29)
BuildingCodes: 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)
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