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Guide to help boaters prepare for disasters

August 1, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii boaters have a new guide to help them protect themselves and their vessels from natural disasters.

The University of Hawaii and the state worked together to prepare the Hawaii Boater's Hurricane and Tsunami Safety Manual.

University of Hawaii Sea Grant Coastal Hazard Mitigation Specialist Dennis Hwang said in a statement Monday that it's essential that boaters have a plan for both hurricanes and tsunamis.

He says past hurricanes and recent tsunami events show that boats and marinas are extremely vulnerable to damage from inundation.

He says for hurricanes the emphasis is on preparing the boat for high waves and wind. For tsunamis, he says the plan is generally to move the boat to waters deeper than 300 feet.

The new manual is available at Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation offices.



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