In recent years hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters have inflicted enormous suffering and property damage across many parts of North Carolina. The State Historic Preservation Office offers the following information sheets to assist historic property owners in recovering from a natural disaster.

Report Damage to Your Historic Property from Hurricane Florence

NEW! The Fox Theatre Institute, based in Atlanta, Georgia will be releasing limited Urgent/Emergency Funds for historic theatres and arts centers directly impacted by recent hurricane events in North Carolina. Projects must be listed, or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, operated by a local or regional non-profit or a local government. The properties may be owned and operated as well by a local government. The total amount being awarded for both North Carolina and South Carolina is $350,000.00 and these grants do not require a match.

Learn more
- and fill out an application - here.

Preparedness, Recovery, Response, and Mitigation Resources for Cultural Heritage.


Wet Recovery of Papers and Books Webinar. The webinar presented the basic steps of recovering wet books and paper after a flood or other natural disaster to an audience of over 250 homeowners and managers of small book collections. 


Wet Recovery of Taxidermy Webinar. The webinar provided a history of taxidermy production methods   and described preventive measures for collectors to protect their collections from water damage. 


Webinar: Preparing for the Next Disaster. The webinar was held over two days with multiple presentations providing information on preparing your historic building, site, landscape, or cemetery for natural and man-made disasters. 


Resilient Heritage: Protecting Your Historic Home from Natural Disasters (2015-03) This manual includes recommendations for ways to better prepare or harden historic homes to withstand disasters. While focused primarily on hurricanes and flooding, it also offers strategies on protecting buildings from hail storms, ice storms, tornados, coastal subsidence, wildfires, dam and levee failures, and hazardous materials spills. 


NCPTT Disaster Preparedness Response and Recovery Web Page. NCPTT maintains a web page with articles, videos, podcasts and other resources that are useful to cultural heritage first responders and homeowners. 


American Institute for Conservation Field Guide to Emergency Response Videos. The AIC hosts a series of videos created by Heritage Preservation the in association with the Field Guide to Emergency Response. There are sixteen segments covering a wide variety of topics such as water, mold, and mud among others. 


After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures   (This fact sheet is also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.)


Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms   (This fact sheet is also available in SpanishPortugueseHaitian CreoleVietnamese, and Mandarin.)

AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook:


National Trust for Historic Preservation's page on Disaster Relief and Recovery:

National Park Service:


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