Incorporationg Disaster Risk Reduction into Planning for Cultural Resource Preservation

Author(s): Alessandra G Jerolleman

Year: 2018


Climate change is exacerbating the risk to cultural resources and historic structures across the United States.  These resources are located within a wide array of communities, all of which have differing approaches to planning for disasters.  In some communities the approach has been to seek exemptions to all disaster risk reduction requirements, out of fear that the historic character of a resource will be compromised.  However, this approach is unsustainable, as the changing nature of the risks is threatening to fully destroy that cultural heritage.  Other communities have sought to incoprorate resource managers into existing emergency management planning mechanisms, paritcularly for disaster response, but also for preparedness, hazard mitigation, and recovery.  This presentation will provide three case examples: (1) the intersection of hazard mitigation planning and historic assets; (2) collaborative efforts with first responders; and, (3) unique situations in cultural and spiritual conventions require the loss in place of historic artifacts.

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Incorporationg Disaster Risk Reduction into Planning for Cultural Resource Preservation. Alessandra G Jerolleman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441963)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 782