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Disaster Mitigation and Recovery for Historic Properties


Florida strives to be a national leader in developing local planning, response, recovery and mitigation for disasters. To further this effort, the Department of State Division of Historical Resources has prepared guidance to address the unique needs of historic resources in preparation for and in response to a disaster.

A lack of preparedness can lead to the damage to or inadvertent loss of historic sites, buildings and structures. Insufficient damage assessments, unsuitable debris management, inappropriate repair and lack of input from preservation professionals in recovery activities are all contributing factors to the adverse effects of disaster recovery activities. The guidance provided herein includes steps to improve coordination between emergency management and historic preservation efforts, identify potential recovery funding resources and provide best practices for hazard mitigation and planning.