Frequently Asked Questions


What is
The was created to encourage participation, increase membership, exchange information and ensure coordination among the disaster mitigation community by empowering stakeholders with resources to advocate, educate, build, outreach and partner.
Who is the intended audience for is intended for stakeholders interested in disaster mitigation.  Members include those in the following fields:

  • Academic/Research
  • Advocacy
  • Architects
  • Builders
  • Code Officials
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Emergency Management
  • Faith Based
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Weather
Who manages and maintains is maintained and administered by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®.  FLASH is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.  The site and its contents represent a collaborate effort of hundreds of organizations and individuals.


Can I use the site without registering?
Yes. You can view organizational profiles, available resources, event calendar, forum discussions and disaster exchange information without registering.  However, you must register to participate in forum discussions or add or download resources from the site.
How do I register?
Click the “Join the Movement” button on the homepage and fill out the registration form. You will be sent an email to activate your account.  Once activated, you will be able to log in and fully participate in the site.  Be sure to check your SPAM or junk folder for your email.
What privileges does registration provide?
As a registered member of the site you will be able to join an organization, download resources from the site, participate in the forum discussions and the disaster exchange.
How do I register my organization?
First conduct and organization search from the homepage to determine if your organization is already included. If you do not find it in the search results, click the “Create and Organization” button of the blue search box.  Fill out all of the information required in the organizational registration form. Your submission will be reviewed by the site administrator. Once approved, you will receive an email with additional information regarding your role as your organization’s administrator.
How do I join an already registered organization?
If the organization is a “public” organization, simply click the “Join this organization” button on the profile of the organization you wish to join.  If the organization is a “private” organization, click the “Request to Join Organization” button.  You will receive an email once your request has been approved by the organization’s administrator.


What is a resource?
A resource is a document or website that contains information regarding natural disaster mitigation.  A resource can range from technical information regarding home construction to a sample invitation for joining an established campaign.  Determination of whether a resource meets these requirements is done by the member organization prior to uploading.
How do I find a particular resource?
There are a number of ways to find resources on

  • If you know the organization that uploaded the resource, you may search for the organization and view the resources the organization has uploaded
  • If you know the name of the resource or keywords, you can use the search box to find the resource
  • If you know the type of resource or peril you are interested in, you can use the predefined search terms to narrow your search results
How do I download a resource?
Once you have found the resource you would like to download from the search results, click on the see details button. This will take you to the details of the resource. Click the “Download this Resource” to download the resource to your personal computer or taken to the website where the resource lives.
How do I upload a resource
Only approved organization members can upload resources.  If you are approved as an organization editor or administrator, you can upload resources.  Search for your organization and show the details.  Under the “Resources” tab in the menu, a button for “Upload a Resource” allows you to initiate the process.  Be sure to complete all the items on the form before submitting for upload.
What is the file size limit?
32 MB
What is the licensing agreement for a particular resource?
The site uses licensing agreements created through Creative Commons.  The administrator chooses the license that applies to the uploaded resource.  The “user” or person downloading the resource is expected to adhere to the licensing requirements.  A description of the license agreements is as follows:

  • Attribution (CC BY) – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.  This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.  Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed material.
  • Attribution – Share Alike (CC BY-SA) – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.
  • Attribution – No Derivs (CC BY_ND) – This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.
  • Attribution – Noncommerical (CC BY-NC)- This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
  • Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.
  • Attribution – Noncommercial – NO Derivs (CC BY-NC-ND) – This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.


What is the Disaster Exchange section of the website?
The Disaster Exchange provides disaster-specific mitigation information for organizations working in the long term recovery process.  In addition, the site allows for sharing of resources and provides contact information for those assisting with long term recovery.
Who creates the Long Term Recovery Pages for the Disaster Exchange?
The site administrator is the only person authorized to open a Disaster Exchange page.  The site administrator works very closely with partners to determine the timing for opening and archiving Disaster Exchange pages.
How do I upload a need/want on the Disaster Exchange page?
Any user may upload a need/want to a Disaster Exchange page.  Simply click on the “Add a Need” or “Add a Have” button and complete the form in its entirety.  The post will publish once approved by the site administrator. You may edit the information at any time by clicking on the pencil.
How do I upload additional information to the Disaster Exchange page?
Additional information may be added to the Disaster Exchange page by clicking the “Add Latest News”, “Add Videos”, “Add Links”, or “Add” Active Organizations.  Be sure to complete all of the required information on the form. The post will publish once approved by the site administrator.


What is the purpose of the Mitigation Movement discussion pages?
The Forums are intended to provide a platform for discussion for those in the mitigation movement.  Members can discuss issues, ask questions, solicit opinions and more within a site specifically catered to mitigation issues.
How is the content on the Mitigation Movement discussion pages controlled?
The Forums are not controlled by any organization.  The questions/answers are owned by the members that posted them to the site.  Any information not relating to disaster mitigation or could be considered offensive will be removed from the discussion boards.
How does the voting work on the Forum?
Members have the ability to vote a discussion question or answer “up” or “down”.  A positive, or “up” vote, moves the conversation up the list of discussion topics.   A negative, or “down” vote, moves the conversation down the list of discussion topics.  The discussions are sorted through the voting process with the discussion receiving the most positive votes at the top.  This scheme allows for the most interesting conversations, as voted on by the users, to receive priority listing.  Please note that you cannot vote on your own questions or answers.


What kinds of events are included in the Event Calendar?
Events on the Event Calendar included conferences, trainings, webinars, volunteer events and more that support the disaster mitigation movement.  Events at all levels are included from international conferences to local seminars. The calendar is your one-stop shop for everything going on in the disaster mitigation movement.
How do events get added to the Event Calendar?
Any registered member of can add an event to the Event Calendar by clicking the “Add an Event” tab and providing all required information about the event. Upon approval by the site administrator the event will post to the calendar.
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