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Leslie Chapman-Henderson Wins William Gray Award for Outstanding Service in Hurricane Preparedness and Resilience

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the National Tropical Weather Conference awarded nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson the William Gray Award in honor of her twenty-year legacy of service to the cause of hurricane preparedness, safety, and resilience. Ms. Chapman-Henderson received the award on the opening day of the annual gathering of hurricane experts.

Chapman-Henderson is a nationally-respected advocate for building codes and beyond-code innovation and advances the cause of disaster resilience by creating innovative collaborations with public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Her experience and expertise span creative, technical, and public policy initiatives from delivery of the award-winning, 4-D "edu-tainment" experience, StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® at Epcot® to the award-winning National Hurricane Resilience Initiative - #HurricaneStrong . Since 1998, her leadership has grown the FLASH partnership as well as the disaster resilience movement overall.

"Leslie, FLASH and their many partners provide life-saving information about how to best protect families and homes from the threat of natural disasters," said Alex Garcia, Chief Meteorologist - FOX 29 San Antonio and President/CEO - National Tropical Weather Conference. "This award is a testament to Leslie's leadership in the disaster safety and resilience movement and the work she does every day to protect America's families from hazards of all kinds."

"I am humbled to receive this award given in the name of one of the greatest heroes of our movement, and I would like to thank the National Tropical Weather Conference for the honor," said Chapman-Henderson. "Dr. Gray was brilliant, kind, and unfailingly supportive of our mission to strengthen homes and safeguard families. He inspired us twenty years ago when we started this journey, and his legacy inspires to this day."

The National Tropical Weather Conference draws participants from across the United States.  The program features the nation's best tropical weather experts and researchers, draws national media coverage, and is scheduled each year in South Padre Island, Texas.


The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. The FLASH partnership includes more than 100 innovative and diverse organizations that share a vision of making America a more disaster-resilient nation including: BASF Corporation, FEMA, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Huber Engineered Woods, International Code Council, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, Simpson Strong-Tie, State Farm, and USAA. In 2008, FLASH, and Disney opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes, in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and access free consumer resources by visiting www.flash.org, calling toll-free (877) 221- SAFE (7233), following @federalalliance on Twitter, on Facebook.com/federalalliance, and the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.



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SOURCE Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)