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Be Ready for the Next Storm: Read the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards


The destruction wrought by hurricane Laura in the Gulf is a reminder to be prepared for tropical weather as we head into the most active part of hurricane season. Please read the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards.  Visit

This handbook was developed as a cooperative project among the two Massachusetts Sea Grant programs, Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) and MIT Sea Grant (MITSG), as well as Barnstable County, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Weather Service (NWS), and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). This project partnership aims to increase the resiliency of coastal communities to natural hazards by encouraging actions that reduce the risk to family and property. Preparing forcoastal hazards by planning, performing home maintenance, and undertaking preventative retrofits enhances individual resilience and helps create a strong community