MHT's Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program is aimed at protecting historic places,
archaeological 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 2017, 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 as
part of Annapolis's
Weather It Together program. MHT also offers one-on-one
technical assistance to aid local governments in plan development and mitigation projects
involving cultural resources. This Program is supported through the National Park
Service's Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund.
In 2016, as part of this Program, MHT awarded seven planning grants to local governments and
non-profit organizations to help protect of historic places and archaeological sites from
future storms. More information can be found about the grantees and their projects
on the MHT blog Our History, Our Heritage. MHT will compile "lessons learned" from these
pilot projects to help guide counties and jurisdictions who wish to undertake similar efforts in
Architectural Survey and Risk Assessment for Historic Properties
In 2017, 13 local jurisdictions began to update their hazard mitigation plans. Addressing
risks to historic properties is consistent with the goals and strategies established in the updated
Hazard Mitigation Plan. The State Plan provides an opportunity for local government to include
their own goals
and strategies for conducting survey and risk assessment for historic properties
and in developing mitigation actions to protect vulnerable properties.
MHT's Office of Research, Survey and Registration estimates that only 14 percent of the
buildings in Maryland constructed before 1960 have been surveyed and evaluated. That figure equates
to only about 42,000 out of nearly 600,000 properties. If communities are looking at
conducting a risk assessment for their historic properties, they should include historic
structures survey activities to identify and evaluate the historic integrity of unrecorded
historic properties that are within the high hazard areas.
Architectural Survey Form for Hazard Mitigation Planning
The Architectural Survey Form for Hazard Mitigation Planning (see below) was created to help communities
to conduct a risk
assessment for historic structures that are important to the community and vulnerable to
flooding. An accompanying "how to" discusses how to obtain information for the form and how to use the form in conjunction with
conducting abbreviated survey district documentation. To learn more about abbreviated survey
district documentation and how it can be utilized in hazard mitigation planning,
please contact Heather.Barrett@maryland.gov.
Please read the "how to" prior to filling out the application. To download and open the actual
form, please read the instructions below.
Downloading fillable PDF application forms
These forms work best with Acrobat Reader 10 and above.
- DO NOT open the forms in a browser tab or window (e.g., do not simply click the link).
You will get a message saying that this type of PDF document cannot be opened within
- To download and save, right click on the link and choose "Save Link As..." from the menu
- Save the file somewhere on your computer that you will remember.
Open the forms in the Adobe Acrobat Reader
(third-party PDF readers may not work).
Survey Form (right click to save)