Today I was honored to participate in the grand opening of StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes Exhibit located in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT.  Attendees, including FEMA Administrator David Paulison, National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) President and CEO Leslie Chapman Henderson, and many others, were given a sneak peek at the ‘experience’ of StormStruck.


This exhibit has gone from vision to reality over a seven year period.   StormStruck is an interactive ‘4-D’ experience designed to educate, engage, and entertain visitors with critical knowledge and tips on how to prepare for and counteract natural weather hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, etc.


After seeing and interacting with the exhibit, I am confident that countless people will be better prepared to deal with major weather hazards.  It is refreshing to see the partnerships between Disney, FLASH, the insurance industry, government meteorologists, private sector weather consultants, and suppliers of building products.  I congratulate the team involved in making StormStruck a reality.


3 thoughts on “StormStruck

  1. Are the Two Homes located in Walt Disney World’s EPCOT at the StormStruck exhibit address fire safety? Are window protection (ie shutters) design for means of egress and rescue as required by national standards? More people die from house fires than the winds from hurricanes.

    I talked to Mr. Mayfield about these fire traps at a recent Broward Co. EOC event. But I guess more people must die before you all care. Shame on you.

  2. Thanks. I will make a point to see this exhibit next time I am at Disney.

    Also- a general thanks for being such a wealth of knowledge and information to the public all these years!

  3. Not to be negative here, but it would have been nice to include a short paragraph explaining what this exhibit is all about. “StormStruck is an interactive ‘4-D’ experience” doesn’t tell your readers what this is or why it’s worth taking an hour or so out of their day at Walt Disney World to duck inside and see this.

    It would also have been worthwhile to mention that the exhibit has a companion site on the internet, for those not planning to visit Orlando anytime soon.

    Finally, to put the new exhibit into perspective, it would have been nice to compare this with the Twister attraction at nearby Universal Studios. Although Twister is an older attraction, it’s an equally compelling experience that reminds visitors — in a very dramatic way — to have a healthy respect for the temper-tantrums of Mother Nature.

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