Virginia Homeowner’s Handbook for Natural Hazards

The Homeowner's Handbook introduces Virginia homeowners to natural hazards and provides information needed to prepare for these events. The handbook describes hazards such as hurricanes, nor'easters, floods, and tornadoes, and includes information that will allow homeowners to protect themselves, their families, and their property through the preparation, mitigation, evacuation, insurance, and recovery processes.

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This document was prepared by Kaitlin Giles under the supervision of Drs. Michelle Covi and Wie Yusuf. The site was designed by Jasmine Wyatt. It is made possible by the support of the Virginia Sea Grant, and the Old Dominion University Resilience Collaborative, with special thanks to the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program for allowing us to model this handbook after the original Homeowners Handbook authored by Dennis Hwang and Darren Okimoto, along with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium for providing the template and graphics used in the Delaware handbook on which this version was most strongly based.

If you have questions or comments regarding this handbook, please contact Dr. Michelle Covi at or 757-683-6598.