Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Resources
In addition to their terrible human and economic costs, disasters can also wreak havoc on historic properties. A number of online resources provide guidance on preparing for and recovering from disasters.
Repairing Your Flooded Home (PDF), a guide prepared by FEMA and the American Red Cross
Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions (PDF), a joint effort of FEMA and Heritage Preservation
The website of 1000 Friends of Florida includes links to Disaster Planning for Florida’s Historic Resources, a comprehensive manual for integrating historic preservation into emergency management, and Disaster Mitigation for Historic Structures.
The website of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office includes links to multiple information sheets to assist historic property owners in recovering from natural disasters.
The National Park Service's National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) maintains a Disaster Preparedness and Recovery webpage.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s publication Treatment of Flood Damaged Older and Historic Buildings (PDF). The National Trust also provides a number of helpful resource guides for disaster preparedness, planning and response on their website.
The Crisis Handbook: A Guide to Community Action, published by Preservation Pennsylvania, provides helpful advice for responding to a preservation emergency
The website for Heritage Preservation’s Heritage Emergency Programs includes numerous resources intended for cultural heritage institutions and the general public.
Cemetery Disaster Planning (PDF), a publication by the Chicora Foundation, Inc.