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Weather It Together: Disaster Response & Recovery for Historic Communities

Like hazard mitigation planning, disaster response and recovery requires a different approach to historic properties. Local governments and partner organizations can prepare ahead and, in responding to an event, ensure that activities are undertaken such as: sorting debris to store historic building components for salvage, requesting assistance from the Maryland Historical Trust to help with post-disaster assessment of historic buildings, and disseminating information on how to properly treat a historic building after a disaster.


Resources for Historic Properties Impacted by a Natural Disaster

These fact sheets have been developed by the Maryland Historical Trust to assist property owners/occupants dealing with historic resources damaged by a natural disaster.

Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

State and federal preservation tax incentives are a tool that may be used to assist owners of certified historic properties as they undertake rehabilitation projects following a natural disaster.

Whether you are planning to rehabilitate your primary or secondary residence or a commercial property, you may have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Please note that Rehabilitation Tax Credits are awarded based on the eligible rehabilitation costs of completed projects and therefore do not provide any upfront financial assistance for the project.

While participation in the tax credit program requires prior approval of work, we encourage anyone who has experienced damage to their historic buildings to contact our staff by telephone or email to gain information on ways we might be of assistance in the expedition of approvals or streamlining of our review process for emergency work. Appropriate staff contact information for the programs, depending on property types, may be found in the links below.

In addition, if you have an open tax credit application, but experience damage to your property, you should contact appropriate staff for guidance even if you expect all damage to be covered by insurance.

Grants

If your property was impacted by a disaster, you may be eligible to apply for African American Heritage Preservation Program or Maryland Heritage Area funds outside the normal grant cycle. Funds for an eligible project could be available within months of the submission of an application. For more information, please see:

The MHT Capital Grant Program is not offering emergency grants at the present time. Please check the MHT Capital Grants web page for updates on availability of funding.

Links to Other Resources

 

Drying Out Water Damaged Buildings

This 9-minute-long YouTube video from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office gives you a few tips for drying out historic properties if you've experienced any flood conditions from recent storms. Linked with permission of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, uploaded on Oct 10, 2018.