To help protect historic places, archaeological sites, and cultural landscapes from the effects of
natural hazards, the Maryland Historical Trust offers a Weather It Together program, providing
technical assistance to aid local governments in three key areas: hazard mitigation planning, disaster
response and recovery, and climate change adaptation.
Because of their proximity to water, Maryland's historic places are particularly vulnerable to the
effects of flooding, coastal storms, and shoreline erosion. The impact of events like Hurricane
Isabel, Hurricane Sandy and the flash flooding in Ellicott City highlighted the need to strengthen
protections for the many landmarks, districts and sites that contribute so much to our economy
and quality of life. Being prepared for the effects of natural hazards (e.g., flooding and wind),
disaster events (e.g., hurricanes or tornadoes), and climate change (e.g., extreme storms, heavy
precipitation and sea level rise) enables a community to be more resilient: better able to resist,
respond, and recover from a disaster. To assist, MHT has produced
a Flood Mitigation
Guide: Maryland's Historic Buildings, which you can download in full or peruse by section,
according to each of the topics below.
When embarking on a plan to protect the historic capital from natural hazards, including sea level
rise, the City of Annapolis branded its project
"Weather It Together" because becoming more resilient
is an ongoing effort that should be undertaken not only by the public sector, but also in conjunction
with residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the community. The City has graciously made the
logo concept and slogan available to MHT and to all jurisdictions who are undertaking similar work to
protect their historic places.
Click on the buttons below for tools and information on how to incorporate cultural resources into hazard
mitigation planning, disaster response and recovery, and climate change adaptation.