Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards

The Massachusetts Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards is designed to help homeowners prepare for coastal hazards to reduce risks to family and property.  It covers hurricanes, as well as the more common coastal hazards for MA, including nor’easters and flooding. The handbook was developed collaboratively with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), MA Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), FEMA, MA Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Barnstable County, and the two MA Sea Grant programs – MIT Sea Grant (MITSG) and Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG).

A key priority of this project partnership is increasing the resiliency of coastal communities to coastal hazards.  This handbook is designed to promote individual resilience thereby creating a fortified community.  While it is never possible to eliminate all potential damage from a natural hazard, homeowners can take action by implementing many small and cost-effective steps that could significantly lower their risk.

Free hard copies are available, while supplies last, at all town offices on Cape Cod and the Islands. A limited number of books can be ordered by emailing seagrant@whoi.edu. Download the handbook here.