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HazNet Web Site Debuts

In 1998, a year when El Niņo spawned violent weather around the globe, and scientists anticipated continuing weather extremes, the national Sea Grant network created HazNet, a Web site devoted to coastal hazards awareness and mitigation.

The HazNet Web site gathers information from Sea Grant programs, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and other public and private sector sources, helping people meet the challenges presented by natural hazards such as riverine flooding, storm surge, coastal erosion, seismic events and hurricanes.

The site includes consumer fact sheets, an example of a community hazard mitigation plan from Rhode Island, a report on changes in building codes and practices in South Florida since Hurricane Andrew, a bibliography of Sea Grant coastal hazards research, and an on-line hazards bulletin board and discussion group.

HazNet is a two-year project funded by the National Sea Grant College Program, and organized by the Sea Grant network programs nationwide.

The site can be found at www.haznet.org. For more information on the Sea Grant HazNet project, contact Bob Bacon at 843-727-2075 or via e-mail at haznet@haznet.org.

By Sea Grant Staff
April 1999

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