Once again, the Gulf Coast braces for another hurricane.
Early reports from preservationists in Texas indicate that historic structures in Galveston will sustain significant damage from Hurricane Ike. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is in contact with our Partners at the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) and they have asked us to begin collecting names of structural engineers and architects who are willing to travel to the region as soon as the area is open to non-residents to conduct structural assessments of buildings. If you are an engineer or architect and would be willing to serve on a volunteer team, fill out our short survey.
We are also seeking donations to support our continuing hurricane recovery efforts.
Our thoughts are with our colleagues -- and all the residents of the Gulf Coast as they prepare for Ike.
-- Dolores McDonagh
Dolores McDonagh is vice president of membership at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.