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.
- Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning is valuable step-by-step guidance for developing and implementing a pre-disaster planning strategy for historic properties.
- The Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Library offers tools to unify and expedite environmental and historic preservation considerations before a disaster occurs. These tools are scalable to the needs of a particular community or disaster. The URF Library also includes the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide to help with disaster readiness. The guide is designed to help state and local agencies, Native American tribes, business owners and individuals plan for and navigate disaster recovery.
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.
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