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Fire Safety and Historic Buildings (2008)

​ Do you know the top causes of fire in historic buildings? The three key steps for preventing them? The new detection and suppression technologies you can put to use right now? Fire Safety and Historic Buildings, a 2008 Preservation Book, shows owners and stewards of historic buildings how to...

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Ellicott City One Year Later: Rising from a Flood

On the evening of July 30, 2016, the historic center of Ellicott City, Maryland, was devastated by one of the strongest floods in its 250-year history. In less than 90 minutes, a torrential storm dropped more than six inches of rain. In addition to being a humanitarian nightmare, the flood also...

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Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings

Useful manual to help building owners reduce structural and cosmetic flood damage to older and historic buildings. 2005 version. #DisasterResponse #Flood #PreservationTools

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Disaster Relief

FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team Reports and Recommendations 2016 Fall Flooding in Iowa 2012 Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York 2012 Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana 2005 Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Este Lugar Me Importa Help send critical supplies to the people of...

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Protecting Our Historic Places in Uncertain Times

Is your historic property prepared for a disaster? Probably not. That was the conclusion by many who attended the two national conferences on “Balancing Public Safety and Protection of Historic Places” offered in 2002 by the Federal Preservation Institute, a program of the National Park...

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California Wildfires Show Need for Cultural Resource Surveys

Standing in the ashes of the Dyer House at Cuyamaca State Historic Park this time four years ago, I could not believe any fire could be as terrible as the 2003 Cedar Fire. Not only was the Dyer House completely gutted except for its stone walls, it was not listed in the California Register of...

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Isabel

On September 18, 2003, Isabel slammed into southeast Virginia. This was the first hurricane experience for me and for many at Fort Monroe, an active Army post and a National Historic Landmark. Below are some lessons we learned. Know your storm history. A storm photo collection, covering 90...

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Rescuing Earthquake-Damaged Landmarks

In California preservationists have learned from bitter experience that earthquake damage occurs in two phases. First comes the havoc wrought by the temblor itself -- the fractured walls, toppled parapets, crumbled chimneys. Then follows the devastation that results when damaged buildings are...

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When Disaster Strikes

It was a historic landmark owner`s nightmare. At about 6 p.m. on July 18, 1998, as a storm raged outside, a 10-ton oak crashed through the roof of Frank Lloyd Wright`s Wisconsin home and studio, Taliesin, torquing the building on its foundation, crushing walls and roof, and opening Wright`s...

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When the Sky Falls: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum Responds to September 11th

A man came upon a little bird, on its back with its feet stretched high in the air. The man asked, "Why are you lying upside down with your feet in the air? The bird replied, "The sky is falling, and I`m holding it up with my feet." The man said, "That`s ridiculous. You`rejust a little bird....