The Homeowner's Handbook 4th ed. with new and in depth information is available in print and online now! Learn how you can prepare for natural hazards.
Wildfires change the landscape, destroying root structure and creating top soil that could repel water instead of absorbing it. Debris flows and mudflows can occur up to five years after a wildfire. Debris flows can take homes off their foundations and can carry things like vegetation, trees, large boulders and vehicles. Mudflows on the other... Continue Reading →
In a Kokua Line article by Christine Donnelly which appeared in the Star Advertiser on December 2, 2016 titled “Flood Insurance Safeguards Common Areas of High-Rises”, a reader asked: “ Why is flood insurance needed in high-rise condo units? My residence is on the 30th floor of a condominium inHonolulu. This condo is in a... Continue Reading →
I know, I borrowed that slogan from that famous gecko commercial, but the fact that freeboarding could save you a significant amount of money and prevent flooding and flood related damages to your house is undeniable. First, let’s talk about what freeboarding actually is. Freeboard is the elevation of a building’s lowest floor to a... Continue Reading →
Chances are we are not prepared - or at least not as much as we could be - for the occurrence of a natural disaster. Knowing the risk, acting quickly and having a plan in mind in case of a disaster can not only prevent a major damage or loss of a property, but many... Continue Reading →
It's Monday and that means our weekly "Good to Know" article. It doesn't matter, if it's hurricane season or rainy season, it is always good to be prepared and to have that peace of mind, when it comes to having your home safe and secure against any potential natural phenomenon. Each year, it seems, we... Continue Reading →