Homeowners

Disaster Preparation and Response for Homeowners

In preparing for natural and climate-based disasters, homeowners face a distinct set of challenges related to physically securing their property and limiting their liability for damage and loss.  While homeowners may rely to a certain extent on local, city, and state agencies to provide pre- and post-disaster services, they ultimately are responsible for caring for their properties in disaster scenarios.  This page is designed to help homeowners understand the steps they may take to reduce the impact from disasters on their home and property.

Natural and climate-based disasters take many forms, ranging from earthquakes, to floods, to hurricanes. Therefore, depending on which region of the country you live, your disaster mitigation and adaptation considerations will be reflective of your context.

Disaster-specific resources:

Flooding

Hurricanes/Storms/Tornados

Earthquakes

Response for Homeowners

In some ways, homeowners carrier the biggest burdens resulting from natural and climate-based disasters: they face potential displacement from their homes, unknown financial burdens, cleanup obligations and other pressures - but often lack guidance on how to address these issues in a proactive, pre-disaster way. This resource page is designed to help homeowners of older and historic homes make sense of the tasks they must undertake in the wake of a disaster in order to insure their safety and compliance while protecting the future of their property.

Disaster-specific resources:

Flooding

Hurricanes/Storms/Tornados

Earthquakes

Preservation & Climate Change

Mitigation tools and models to help preservationists protect historic places from the threats of climate change and resilience. Here are some resources for preservationists on mitigating climate change.

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The Case for Planning

Making the case to cities, organizations, and homeowners about how preservation-integrated disaster plans are indispensable for the survival of these resources, and the communities, at-large.

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Disaster Resources for Local Organizations

Local nonprofit organizations and Main Streets play a unique and flexible role in their communities when it comes to disaster relief. Here are resources for local organizations and Main Streets.

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