Disaster Response

Bringing a historic structure that has been ravaged by a natural disaster back to life requires information and resources that are not always top-of-mind for home or business owners. Over the years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and our partners have compiled a wide variety of documentation designed to help plan and prepare in the unfortunate event that disaster strikes.

Preparedness, Planning, and Response

In dealing with the often sudden and disorienting impacts of natural disasters, effective preparation and planning are proven to pay off during response. In many cases, local communities don’t fully understand the historic resources they stand to lose until it is too late—structures are wiped away, details and artifacts are irreparably damaged, integrity is forever compromised. Historic preservationists have a valuable perspective to offer both in planning for disasters and in recovering from them. The information offered on the following pages is designed to help meaningfully integrate preservation practice into this work and ultimately increase the survival of historic resources.

The resource guides below contain key advice for disaster preparation, and provide links to essential planning documents that can help you, your organization, or your city both prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Disaster Response Resource Guides

Audience Disaster Type Resource Guide
Homeowners, Local Governments, and Organizations All The Case For Planning: Why Cities, Organizations & Homeowners Need To Plan For Disasters
Local Governments All Preparation | Response
Homeowners All Preparation | Response
Local Preservation Organizations & Main Streets All Preparation | Response
Businesses All Preparation & Response
Cultural Institutions All Preparation & Response
Homeowners, Local Governments, and Organizations Fire Preparation & Response
Homeowners, Local Governments, and Organizations Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Wind Preparation & Response
Homeowners, Local Governments, and Organizations Earthquakes Preparation & Response
Homeowners, Local Governments, and Organizations Floods  Preparation | Response
Homeowners, Local Governments, and Organizations All Financial Resources For Preparation, Planning & Response
Fire Departments, Life Safety Personnel & Emergency Managers All Engaging The Preservation Community In Preparation & Response