Response For Local Organizations And Main Streets

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In the event of a disaster, local preservation organizations have the opportunity to provide immense support to both the homeowners and agencies with whom they already interact.  While the roles of state and local government agencies are sometimes prescribed in times of disaster, these preservation organizations have the ability to identify and fill those needs that are highly important but not being met by another actor due to limitations of capacity, mandate, or something as simple as distance. 

While the greatest response tool local preservation organizations and Main Streets can have is a disaster plan, they may also be able to provide considerable support by improvising solutions that vary by disaster.  This document is designed to help Main Streets and local preservation organizations understand how they can contribute to disaster response.

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Critical Organizations


Survey Assistance & Recovery Materials

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August of 2005, the National Trust worked closely with its partner organization there, The Preservation Resource Center (PRC), to provide assistance to homeowners and initiate rebuilding efforts.  The Trust and PRC developed materials that volunteers and staff used during site visits to survey damaged buildings.  In the wake of large-scale disasters, materials—such as these survey forms, completed versions of which were provided to homeowners—might prove useful to organizations engaged in survey work.  Creating and maintaining electronic survey documents, and potentially tying them to GIS databases, is becoming an increasingly possible and useful tool.  Learn more about the National Park Service's GIS and survey efforts here

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