MHT has outlined its approach to hazard mitigation planning in Chapter 2 of its
Flood Mitigation Guide: Maryland's Historic Buildings. The Guide promotes
a planning framework generally based on FEMA's Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resources Considerations into
Hazard Mitigation Planning, with updates based on lessons learned and detailed
recommendations specific to Maryland.
Hazard mitigation plans identify where important community assets are located in relation
to where natural hazards are predicted to occur, estimates the dollar amount of damages
that could be incurred, and puts forth a strategy and projects to mitigate the effects of those
damages. Despite the financial, social, and cultural importance of historic places, they
are rarely included in hazard mitigation plans. The result is that when a disaster strikes,
historic properties are less likely to weather the storm as well as their non-historic
counterparts. Hazard mitigation for historic properties is balancing act between modifying
a property to protect it from hazards and climate change and preserving the
property's historic materials, appearance, and setting.
If you have questions about local planning for historic properties and cultural resources, please
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