Disaster Relief

Focus on Recovery Following Climate and Weather-related Disasters

Building owners face a distinct set of challenges in responding to natural disasters like the catastrophic flooding brought on by the recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. While they can rely to a certain extent on local, city, and state agencies to provide post-disaster services, they are ultimately responsible for caring for their own properties. These resources can help building owners respond quickly and effectively in order to minimize property damage and ensure a safe return home.

AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook

Recently published third edition of the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook offers case studies and best practices on how to prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters.


Field Guide to Emergency Response (Water)


Courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation
Courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation


Courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation


Courtesy of Galveston Historical Foundation

Repairing Your Home

*Resources prepared by Louisiana State University College of Agriculture (LSU AG)

The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals, are available 24/7 to provide advice to cultural stewards at 202.661.8068.

Local Organizations
Over the years, the National Trust’s Main Street Center has published a variety of articles that can help these organizations as they prepare for and respond to natural disasters. This document is designed to help local nonprofits and Main Street organizations prepare for disasters.

This page is designed to help homeowners understand the steps they may take to reduce the impact from disasters on their home and property.

The Case for Planning
This document seeks to make the case to cities, organizations, and homeowners that preservation-integrated disaster plans are indispensable for the survival of these resources, and the communities, at-large.