Beginning with Hurricane Katrina and continuing through Hurricanes Ike and Sandy, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) has garnered valuable “boots on the ground” experience responding to cultural resource needs in post disaster response and pre-disaster planning. As a result, NCPTT was approached by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation to create “Resilient Heritage: Protecting Your Historic Home from Natural Disasters.” Funding for this project was provided by the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
While owners of historic residential buildings are the target audience, many others can benefit from the information provided. Implementing the guidance outlined in this booklet will be a key tool in helping to safeguard historic buildings and possibly help prevent repetitive property loss, while maintaining the integrity of the historic building for years to come. This manual includes recommendations for ways to better prepare or harden historic homes to withstand disasters. While focused primarily on hurricanes and flooding, it also offers strategies on protecting buildings from hail storms, ice storms, tornados, coastal subsidence, wildfires, dam and levee failures, and hazardous materials spills.
For more disaster related information visit NCPTT’s disaster preparedness and response information for collectors, museum professionals, cultural resource managers, building and maintenance crews, and others who care for cultural heritage.