Coastal hazards handbook released in time for start of hurricane season

Official start of hurricane season is June 1
Several federal, state and local agencies have released a preparedness guide for homeowners as the hurricane season begins.

Just in time for the official beginning of hurricane season--June 1--the Massachusetts Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards has been released.

The guide, according to a release from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), is the product of a collaboration between the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Barnstable County and two Massachusetts Sea Grant programs: MIT Sea Grant (MITSG) and the Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG).

The guide covers hurricanes as well as flooding and nor'easters--a far more common occurance on Cape Cod and the Islands.

According to WHOI, this year, NOAA is predicting "an active or extremely active Atlantic hurricane season" with a 70% change of 13 to 20 named storms.

The guide features tips for homeowners to help minimize the damage to their homes and properties caused by hurricanes and other significant storms.

The 96-page guide includes information about preparedness (emergency supplies, evacuation plans and emergency notification systems), protecting your property (keeping your home wind and water proof and electrical issues) and insurance issues.

In the most recent years, the Cape and Islands contended with Hurricane Irene (August 2011) and Hurricane Earl (September 2010). The official hurricane season in New England lasts from June 1 to November 30.

To learn the names of the 2013 storms beginning with Andrea, click here.

The guide is available to Massachusetts residents online.  Hard copies are also available at all town halls on Cape Cod and the Islands while supplies last. Periodic updates will be made to the online version.

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