Homeowner’s Handbook available to help Texans prepare for next storm

October 17, 2017

By Cindie Powell

Whether you’re retrofitting an existing home or repairing or rebuilding a home that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey, a publication available from the Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University can provide some helpful information.

The Texas Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Natural Hazards (in Spanish, Manual para Preparar las Viviendas para Enfrentar los Desastres Naturales Costeros en Texas) includes general information about hurricanes and tropical storms, including preparation and evacuation, but it also describes ways to build or retrofit a home to make it more resistant to wind and rain. The handbook includes sections on roof stability, keeping water out and power issues, as well as a section on wind and flood insurance.

The publication was produced through a partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Texas General Land Office, Texas Sea Grant, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was modeled after a similar publication produced by the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program.

Since Hurricane Harvey, Texas Sea Grant staff have already distributed about 7,500 copies of the Texas Homeowner’s Handbook to 30 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers and 7 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension county offices around the state, and to the FEMA Joint Field Office in Austin.

Digital copies are available for download at http://texasseagrant.org/assets/uploads/resources/13-401_HomeownersHandbook_Engl.pdf (for English) and http://texasseagrant.org/assets/uploads/resources/HomeownersHandbook-Tx_web-ES.pdf (for Spanish).

You can also request a free printed copy by emailing seagrant@tamu.edu

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.