Integrating Historic Property & Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning

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The importance of integrating historic property and cultural resource considerations into mitigation planning has been made all too apparent in disasters that have occurred in recent years, such as the Northridge Earthquake or the Midwest floods. Whether a disaster impacts a major community museum, a historic "main street," or collections of family photographs, the sudden loss of historic properties and cultural resources can negatively impact a community's character and economy, and can affect the overall ability of the community to recover from a disaster event.

This publication shows communities, step by step, how to develop and then implement a pre-disaster planning strategy for their historic properties and cultural resources. Too often communities recognize the importance of their historic properties and cultural resources only after disaster strikes and these assets have been damaged or even destroyed. This guide should provide community planners with the tools and resources they need to consider historic properties in mitigation planning activities. While the emphasis is on the built environment, this guide has made a special effort to include cultural institutions to address the mitigation of cultural heritage, including museum collections, works of art, and books and documents.

  • Full Document (PDF 4.45MB, 433KB TXT)
  • Cover (PDF 148KB, TXT 1KB)
  • Title, Contents, Foreward, and Introduction (PDF 504KB, TXT 23KB)
  • Phase 1 (PDF 306KB, TXT 34KB)
  • Phase 2 (PDF 693KB, TXT 113KB)
  • Phase 3 (PDF 611KB, TXT 111KB
  • Phase 4 and Afterword (PDF 418KB, TXT 28KB)
  • Appendices (PDF 314KB, TXT 127KB)

This document will be available from the FEMA Publications Warehouse at no charge by calling 1-800-480-2520. Request FEMA 386-6 (hard copy) or FEMA 386-6 CD (CD-ROM).

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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