Natural hazard preparedness workshop

LIHU‘E — Homeowners and others hoping to learn about disaster preparedness can find much of the information they need at an upcoming workshop at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

“The workshop will cover many reasonable measures homeowners can take to retrofit their homes, even very old homes,” said Dennis Hwang, co-author of the Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards.

The free workshop, to be held June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., is designed to provide up-to-date information on natural hazard preparedness, a county press release said.

Topics to be discussed include: Emergency guidelines; evacuation planning; tsunami and severe weather warnings; homeowner guidance and retrofit measures and flood and coastal inundation mapping.

Information from the soon-to-be-released second edition of the Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards will be provided at the workshop.

Experts from the National Weather Service, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, state Department of Land and Natural Resources, American Red Cross, KCDA, and the UH Sea Grant Program will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions. Additionally, other agencies will set up educational booths and offer information and services to homeowners regarding natural hazard mitigation and preparation.

The Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available online at http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu.

For more information about the workshop or to request special assistance or an auxiliary aid to attend the workshop, call the Kaua’i Civil Defense Agency at 241-1800 at least five days prior to the workshop.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant Coastal Program in partnership with the Kaua‘i Civil Defense Agency and the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program.

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