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Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program

MHT's new Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Program is aimed at protecting historic places, archeological sites, and cultural landscapes from the effects of natural hazards, such as flooding, wind and coastal erosion. The impacts of Hurricane Sandy in Maryland and to historic communities along the East Coast highlighted the need to protect the many landmarks, districts and sites that contribute so much to our economy and quality of life.

Through this two-year Program, MHT will develop trainings, model guidance and educational materials to assist local governments in creating hazard mitigation plans for their cultural resources. MHT promotes a planning framework based on FEMA's Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resources Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning, which is currently being tested in Annapolis. MHT also offers one-on-one technical assistance to aid local governments in plan development and mitigation projects involving cultural resources.

The Program provides funding in support of non-capital activities that will assist eligible applicants in preparing for and reducing impacts from natural hazards (e.g. flood, wind, earthquake, coastal erosion) to cultural resources. Cultural resources include, but are not limited to: historic buildings, structures (e.g., lighthouses, roads, canals), objects (e.g., memorials, statues) or sites; museums, archives and other repositories of artifacts or historic records; archeological sites; traditional cultural properties and cultural landscapes.

Current funding opportunities and training can be found on the MHT grants page.

Are historic properties in your community vulnerable to flooding? Please take our survey!

If you are a community member, please take our survey here.

If you represent a local government, please take our survey here.

For assistance or more information, please contact Jen Sparenberg, Hazard Mitigation Program Officer, at or (410) 514-7641.