Florida Homeowner’s Handbook

March 10th, 2021

We all know Mother Nature can be intense and devastating. While there may be many reasons to put off hazard preparation, your family and home deserve protection that only you can provide. If you live near the coast, as many people do, you need to be aware of the threat of coastal natural hazards, such as hurricanes and flooding, as well as the additional threat of tornadoes. While it is not possible to eliminate all risk from natural hazards, there are many small and cost-effective steps you can take to reduce your risk, be prepared, and increase your resilience.

Purchasing a home is one of the major milestones in life and is typically your largest investment. While providing you and your family protection from the elements, a home also holds all your worldly possessions, whether you rent or own. The resources, recommendations, and advice in this handbook come from leading organizations in the fields of preparedness, recovery, and construction. This information is brought together to provide you with the tools needed to help you strengthen your home and prepare for and recover from disasters.

This handbook is designed to be an easy to use reference for both homeowners and renters, providing you and your family access to the information you need easily and in one place. This will allow you to take action and reduce the risk of experiencing loss or damage from a natural disaster, and learn what to do if you do have damage after a disaster.