A special thanks is extended to the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program for assisting us with the first version of this handbook and for allowing us to model the handbook after the original Homeowners Handbook authored by Dennis Hwang and Darren Okimoto.

The second edition of the handbook was developed in partnership with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Coastal Resilience Team with support from Smart Home America.

GOMA is a partnership of federal, state and local organizations that share a vision for healthy and resilience communities. A key priority of GOMA and MASGC is to increase the resilience of coastal communities to natural hazards. A major component of healthy communities is enhancing individual resilience and recognizing that adjustments to day-to-day living are necessary. This book is designed to promote individual resilience by equipping homeowners with the resources they need to strengthen their homes and protect their property.

The Homeowner’s Handbook would not have been possible without the support of numerous partners including: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), MASGC, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR), Smart Home America, and the many member organizations of the GOMA Coastal Resilience Team.

This publication was supported by the NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grant (Award NAS16NOS4730008) awarded to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of GOMA, NOAA, MASGC, MDMR, or any of its subagencies. Financial support for printing of this handbook was provided by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management through the Government Printing Office.

Suggested Citation: Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and Smart Home America. Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters: Designed for Homeowners in Mississippi. (2020). Publication number # MASGP-20-012.