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The restroom at Blackpot Beach Park, Hanalei Bay, Kauaʻi, which was destroyed by the velocity of the floodwaters in April, 2018. Photo courtesy: Ruby Pap.

While families continue to shelter in place in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of keeping your home safe remains a priority.

The newly updated Homeowner’s Handbook To Prepare For Natural Hazards 4th edition, published by the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) and available free of charge, provides detailed information on how to prepare your family and your home for a hurricane or other natural hazards.

For the family, key tips for emergency supplies, evacuation planning and ways to reduce the impacts from climate change (including heat, drought, infectious disease, wildfires and sea-level rise) are now included.

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Homeowner’s Handbook To Prepare For Natural Hazards 4th edition.

For the home, the handbook outlines new retrofit best practices for single-wall and double-wall houses, roofs, windows, post and pier foundations, garage doors and much more.

The handbook has now gone through 10 print runs and has been modified for 12 states and countries. Almost 2,500 houses have been retrofitted in Hawaiʻi since the first printing in 2007.

“We would like to thank the 35 government and private partners that supported the handbook, many from the very beginning. We are extremely appreciative of their contributions that have helped the community,” said Darren T. Lerner, director of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant.

Copies of the new handbook can be downloaded online and printed copies will be available and accessible at the Hawaiʻi Sea Grant office when UH Mānoa resumes normal operations.

Reserve a copy today by contacting Hawaiʻi Sea Grant at or call (808) 956-7031.

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By Cindy Knapman

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