Free preparedness book available to boaters

Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual
Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual

The Hawaii Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual (PDF) is now available and provides valuable information in a comprehensive, easy-to-read format.

It was developed as a public service by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program and Hawaii State Civil Defense, in cooperation with the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation.

The guidebook provides a summary of the actions boaters and other members of Hawaii’s marine community can take before, during, and after a hurricane or tsunami.

It includes information on the dangers associated with hurricanes and tsunamis, provides guidelines to develop a personal preparedness plan, includes emergency assistance information such as important phone numbers, radio frequencies, and hurricane evacuation shelter locations, and much more.

Dennis Hwang, UH Sea Grant Coastal Hazard Mitigation Specialist, explains “From past hurricanes from ‘Iniki to Sandy, and from recent tsunami events in Hawaii, Chile, and Japan, we know that boats and marinas are extremely vulnerable to inundation damage.

It is essential that boaters have a plan for a hurricane, when the emphasis is on preparing the boat for high waves and wind, and a tsunami, when the plan is generally to move the boat to waters deeper than 300 feet. The manual provides vital tips to prepare boats before a watch and warning so that damage can be avoided and risk to life reduced.

“The entire boating community will greatly benefit from this updated publication and we greatly appreciate the efforts of many partners who collaborated on the project” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Director. “DLNR encourages everyone who has a vessel moored in a harbor, or trailered and stored at home or elsewhere, to read this manual cover to cover and take steps to increase their state of readiness for such emergencies.”

The Hawai’i Boater’s Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual is available at the DOBOR administrative office in Honolulu, 333 Queen Street, Suite 300 as well as at DOBOR district and harbor offices statewide and all private marinas.

For a listing of DOBOR harbor facilities, click here.


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