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Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards

Fourth edition coming soon!

Third Edition

The Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards provides useful tips regarding readiness for natural hazards that may affect Hawaiʻi, including tsunami and hurricanes. The handbook lists local civil defense and emergency management agency information, as well as emergency shelter locations.

The third edition includes four brand new appendices that address installing storm panel screws, reroofing, securing photovoltaic systems, and ways to get involved with community resilience efforts.


  • Lessons learned from Hurricane Iselle are included regarding emergency supplies, evacuation planning, and wind damage on roofs from less than hurricane strength winds.
  • Meteorological information on Hurricane Ana is provided by the National Weather Service and has implications regarding the need for all islands to prepare. 
  • Appendix C - Storm Panel Screws - For an easy way to attach plywood or honeycomb panels to small windows.
  • Appendix D - Asphalt Shingle Roofs and Ridge Vents - Methods following guidelines in the FEMA Home Builder's Guide are presented to make asphalt shingle roofs and ridge vents stronger.
  • Appendix E - Solar Photovoltaic - Covers what the homeowner needs to know to ensure the sturdy attachment of solar photovoltaic cells to the house.
  • Appendix F - Working with the Community - Once you are prepared, learn how you can help the community with the State and County Civil Defense and Emergency Management Agencies as well as the American Red Cross.
Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards
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