Texas Homeowner’s Handbook

Texas Homeowners Handbook CoverThe Texas Homeowner’s Handbook was created to help your citizens prepare for natural hazards. Although it is never possible to eliminate all risk from a natural hazard, homeowners can take action and implement many small and cost-effective steps that could significantly lower risk and exposure.

This handbook is divided into five parts.

  • The introduction presents the purpose and layout of the handbook and includes a discussion of common myths that may have prevented many from taking action in the past. There is a summary of nine things people can do to prepare.
  • Part 2 provides basic information on hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding, which will help readers to make educated decisions about which steps to take.
  • Part 3 provides a detailed discussion on personal safety considerations. This section also includes a list of essential emergency supplies, evacuation kit, evacuation planning, evacuation procedures, and important information that the civil defense and emergency management agencies want your citizens to know.
  • Part 4 provides information on how to protect property from wind and water natural hazards.
  • Part 5 presents insurance resources to aid in recovery if storm damage occurs.

The Texas Homeowner’s Handbook was developed as a project of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Community Resilience Team.

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