Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness and Resilience

The National Park Service Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Program is funded through generous support from the Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund administered through the National Park Service.

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Be Prepared

From record-breaking hurricanes to quick-spreading fires, disasters are all too common occurrences in Main Street communities across the country. Despite their frequency, there are very few disaster preparedness and resilience-related resources available to commercial district revitalization organizations. Without a comprehensive preparedness plan in place and tools to support both short- and long-term recovery efforts, the physical and economic aftereffects of disasters can be devastating, especially to the residents, local businesses in Main Street communities, historic structures, and public spaces.

Program Overview

To address the need for more resources, Main Street America (MSA) has launched the National Park Service Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Program, funded through generous support from the Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) administered through the National Park Service. Over the next three years, MSA will create a suite of resources that provide immediately useful information for Main Street revitalization organizations to use in preparing for and responding to catastrophic events. Specifically, through this program, MSA will convene experts and stakeholders, create a clearinghouse of curated resources, create a toolkit with strategies and worksheets for the most frequent disasters, and hold workshops and trainings related to disaster preparedness and resilience. 

We want to hear from you!

If you are interested in attending one of our workshops or in being added to our stakeholder mailing list, please complete this survey. If you want to recommend any disaster preparedness and resilience plans, reports, or other resources, please complete this survey.

Upcoming events

NPS Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience General Session and Breakouts, Tuesday, October 27 beginning at 11am ET. This event is free of charge and is being held in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation's PastForward Conference. View agenda and register here.

Advisory Committee

Katharine Burgess, Urban Land Institute, Washington D.C.

Mileyka Burgos-Flores, Allapattah Collaborative, Miami, FL

Shonterria Charleston, Housing Assistance Council, Atlanta, GA

Debra Drescher, Texas Main Street/THC, Austin, TX

Amanda Elliott, California Main Street Alliance/MSA, Richmond, CA

Madeline Fraser-Cook, LISC, Government Investments and Technical Assistance, Cambridge, MA

Diana Luna, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Jan Opper, Opper Strategies and Solutions, Alexandria, VA

Joseph Quinata, Guam Preservation Trust, Hagatna, Guam

Ivonne Sanabria, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Laurie Schoeman, Enterprise Community Partners, New York, NY

Ray Scriber, Louisiana Main Street/LA DHP, Baton Rouge, LA

Rhonda Sincavage, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C.

Jake White, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, San Antonio, TX