Historic resources and disaster planning
Regan, Ashley Lauren
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The devastation to historic resources from natural disasters is a problem that many preservationists must deal with throughout the United States. Due to lack of preparation and planning many resources are lost unnecessarily from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other disasters. The purpose of this thesis is to focus on strategies for disaster mitigation and recovery in the southeastern United States and to analyze the progress made in historic preservation and disaster planning within the past eighteen years. To do this disaster planning strategies are discussed in depth and case studies comparing and contrasting Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Katrina are provided. The general conclusion of this study is that progress has been minimal in terms of preparedness and issues of disaster planning still need to be addressed in the preservation community.