Pre-disaster planning for historic properties

Posted in: Cultural Resources


Disasters strike without warning and may result in damage or loss of a community’s historic resources.

Extreme cases such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy punctuate the importance of integrating cultural resource considerations into pre-disaster planning.

Recent disasters affecting cultural resources resulted in two important resources by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Department of Homeland Security.

I hope you will never need these resources. However, being prepared may improve recovery, reduce damage and result in fewer losses to our cultural resources.


Emily Pettis

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Emily Pettis enjoys different types of historic preservation projects and helping our clients. “I love the variety of projects I get to work on, from leading large urban surveys to evaluating historic rural landscapes,” she says. Emily specializes in developing balanced solutions that meet client needs while respecting historic resources for future generations.

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