The Coastside is no stranger to disaster. Recent storms have caused flooding, fallen trees and prolonged loss of electricity. The damage caused by the CZU Lightning Complex fires devastated the South Coast in 2020. The proximity to the ocean and chance of fire and flooding — it all means risk is ever present. But there are some ways those living on the coast can prepare their space and homes to mitigate damage. 

“I wish Coastside homeowners were more aware of the actions they could take to prevent and mitigate many risks associated with disasters and extreme weather,” said Colby Williamson of Coastside Home Inspectors LLC in an email to Coastside magazine.

Emma Spaeth is a staff writer for the Half Moon Bay Review covering community, arts and sports. Emma grew up in Half Moon Bay before earning a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oregon.

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