2011 FLASH Annual Meeting Ends on a High Note

The 2011 FLASH Annual Meeting has officially ended, but our day began with an inspiring morning key address by Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, Founder of Build Change.

Later, we were all brought up to speed on the latest in mitigation policy, legislation and programs originating from a variety of government levels, and how they are impacting the movement.

Our second keynote speaker was none other than Bill Read, Director of the National Hurricane Center, who provided us a look back on hurricane activity so far this year with a special focus on Hurricane Irene.

Our luncheon speaker was The Weather Channel’s Rick Knabb, who gave us the inside scoop at what goes on beyond the scenes and the country’s #1 TV resource for weather.

Our thanks to all who attended, and special thanks to our 2011 FLASH Annual Meeting title sponsor, RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation Inc., and our meeting sponsors BASF, Kohler Power Systems, State Farm, International Code Council (ICC), Environments in Living, and PGT.  Also, thanks to Storm & Security Protection magazine for producing our Innovations in Product Technologies Showcase, and its sponsor, the International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA).

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2011 FLASH Annual Meeting, visit www.flash.org/2011meeting.

FLASH Kicks Off 2011 Annual Meeting

The first full day of the 2011 FLASH Annual Meeting was productive.

We listened attentively as Craig Tillman delivered his Impact Report, which provided a platform for recognizing common themes and, ultimately, a framework to understand how resilience can work to improve communications worldwide.

Attendees joined in during three “conversations” including: Outreach Program Roundup, Innovations in Communication and Outreach Technologies, and Campus Report: Latest Academic and Research Advancements.

We were pleased to see everyone exchanging ideas and actively networking with panelists – which was precisely our goal when we originally planned our conversation sessions for this year’s meeting.

FLASH also presented for the first time ever its Innovations in Product Technologies Showcase, where we shared with attendees the latest in technical advancements including tornado safe rooms, impact-resistant windows and doors, anchoring systems, shutters and home generators.  Also, attendees were able to personally meet Kevin and Sarabeth Harrison and hear their moving tornado safe room story of survival following a killer tornado in Alabama this past April.

We’re looking forward to as equally a productive day tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2011 FLASH Annual Meeting, visit www.flash.org/2011meeting.