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9th Ward Damage after Hurricane Katrina

This home was damaged during Hurricane Katrina in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The broadcast for Preparing for the Next Disaster has concluded. Once transcripts and closed captioning have been completed, we will place the videos online. Thank you for your participation. Should you have any questions, please comment on this post or email Sarah M. Jackson.

NCPTT offered a free webinar “Disaster Preparedness for Cultural Resources: Preparing You For the Next Disaster” on May 22-23 from 9AM-12PM Central. The webinar was held over two days with multiple presentations providing information on preparing your historic building, site, landscape, or cemetery for natural and man-made disasters.

May is Preservation Month and the perfect time to protect your cultural resources! This year’s Preservation Month theme is “See! Save! Celebrate!” and the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages you to think creatively about fun events to engage your members and draw in new audiences.

MayDay was designated by the Heritage Emergency National Taskforce as an initiative to protect collections from disasters. Archives, libraries, museums, and historic preservation organizations throughout the world during the month of May  participate in events to increase knowledge about safeguarding these resources.


May 22
9:00am Disaster Preparedness for Buildings
Sarah Jackson, Architectural Conservator
There are numerous steps you can take to prepare your building for natural disasters. All over this planet there are people working daily to recover from disasters. Presently in the US there are 35 states that have Active Disasters according to FEMA. They range from flooding, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, to wildfires. While these did not all happen today or even this week it means that there are still people recovering and rebuilding their lives. Being prepared can reduce damage and leave you better prepared to recover after a disaster has hit.
9:45am Disaster Plans
Dr. Mary Striegel, Chief Materials Research Program
Disaster plans come in all shapes and sizes. Some are based on multiple teams undertaking a variety of tasks while others are a simple means of safeguarding cultural heritage. This will highlight different types of plans and describe resources available to the Manager of cultural resources.
10:30am Disaster Apps
Andy Ferrell, Chief Architectural and Engineering
Ed Fitzgerald, Research Assistant
NCPTT has been involved in some exciting work, leveraging mobile devices to provide cultural resource managers with tools to aid in disaster response efforts. This session will cover the benefits and pitfalls of using mobile devices for disaster response. Presenters will discuss ERS: Emergency Response and Salvage, an app to help users protect collections and significant records, access reliable information instantly, and save damaged objects. This session will also cover NCPTT’s on-going work to develop mobile forms for assessing disaster-damaged buildings and other resources.
11:15am Lessons Learned from Recent Oil Spills
Dr. Carol Chin, Conservation Scientist
Recent oil spills have provided perspectives on appropriate preparedness and response strategies for crude oil contamination. This session will discuss the protection of historic resources from oil contamination, and when and how to address contamination if it occurs
May 23
9:00am Disaster Preparedness and Response for Historic Cemeteries
Jason Church, Material Conservator
This thirty minute webinar session will cover both the basics needed to start planning your historic cemetery for a natural or manmade disaster and how to respond to that disaster. This webinar will focus on historic cemeteries and not address the issues of body relocation or identification.NCPTT Damage Assessment Tools
9:45am Archeological Sites after Disasters
Tad Britt, Chief Archeology and Collections
The focus of this session is to prepare the audience of what may occur to archeological sites as the result of a natural or man-made disaster. The webinar will emphasize field documentation techniques and appropriate response strategies depending on the type and extent of the disaster.
10:30am Picking Up The Pieces: Resource Documentation & Post-Disaster Recovery at the Bayou Folk Museum Kate Chopin House
Dustin Fuqua, Chief of Resources Management, CARI
What began as a project to document the cultural resources of the Bayou Folk Museum regrettably developed into an effort to salvage the museum collection and preserve the site of the fire-razed Kate Chopin House. In this presentation, Dustin Fuqua will recount his experiences involving a 2007 Cane River National Heritage Area-funded collections management project and the subsequent disaster recovery process following the fire that destroyed the Kate Chopin House on October 1, 2008. The presentation will include a discussion of the CRNHA grant project, efforts to salvage the museum collection and NHL site, disaster recovery techniques, and lessons learned via a case study of the Bayou Folk Museum catastrophe.
11:15am Trees: Storm Preparation and Recovery
Debbie Dietrich-Smith, Chief Historic Landscape Program
Losing a mature tree creates a void in the landscape and its demise often jeopardizes buildings and other cultural features. This session will focus on ways to safeguard against major tree loss before a storm and how to recover after a disaster.


For more information or to register please contact Sarah Marie Jackson by email at

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