Executive Director Kirk Cordell deployed for three weeks in March 2013¬†as a “Cultural Recovery Specialist” to the FEMA Hurricane Sandy Joint Field Office in New York City under a national agreement that supplies National Park Service technical experts to FEMA during declared disasters. Specialists are responsible for helping FEMA identify cultural resource needs, synthesize impact information, and recommend responses from the federal family that will mitigate storm damage to historic and prehistoric sites, structures, landscapes, and collections. They also advise FEMA on how to assist owners in achieving the best quality recovery work and how to make their properties more resilient in the face of future storms. Specialists coordinate with other recovery functions to ensure that other recovery activities do not inadvertently damage cultural resources in the impact zone.

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