[10 on Tuesday] Toolkit Round-Up: Disaster Prevention and Recovery for Historic Places

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by Sarah Heffern

Hurricane Irene damage in Bethel, VT. Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region on Flickr.

Natural disasters and fires can strike at any time -- sometimes with warning, sometimes without -- and present grave risks to more than historic properties. Protecting human (and pet) lives are always the paramount concern when danger strikes, but both advance planning and taking certain steps in the aftermath can also help your favorite historic places weather disasters as well.

Today's round-up offers three toolkits to get your disaster planning and recovery on the right track.


10 Essential Steps for Mitigating Natural Disasters’ Damage to Historic Properties

From crafting a preparedness plan and printing out key documents beforehand, to from verifying your insurance coverage and taking repair bids, this toolkit walks you through five essential steps you can take before a natural disaster happens, as well as five key steps to take in the aftermath.


Preventing and Responding to Fire at Historic Homes

Fires are one of the greatest threats faced by historic buildings -- and they often occur during renovations, when overheating tools, volatile chemicals, and lots of extra people running around can mix to create devastating results. This toolkit offers tips on how to limit the risk of fire during restoration (and other times) as well as how to handle the aftermath of a fire.


10 Tips for Bringing Historic Properties Back From a Flood

Recovering from a flood is a time-consuming and messy process, and special care needs to be taken with historic buildings in order to limit the damage to irreplaceable materials and/or design. This toolkit helps guide that process, from documenting the damage and found objects, to when and how to clean up different areas of a historic structure.


Have you had to work on bringing a historic property back to life after a natural disaster or fire? Give us your tips in the comments!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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