Disaster Recovery Team Asks: ‘How Do You Replace History?’

FEMA Press Release Describes Consultation Process

Posted by CC on February 21st, 2010 3:30 pm

The first in a series of FEMA press releases about the disaster recovery process for Iowa’s historic properties was released on February 1st. The press release outlines how consultation happens under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. According to FEMA, “3,056 structures have been identified to be demolished due to buyouts or health and safety issues in the wake of the floods and severe storms of 2008.” Although the properties may not be saved through the consultation process, their loss is offset through the development of alternative treatment measures, such as funding the renovation of a historic museum in the same community or survey and evaluation of other historic neighborhoods in town. FEMA’s Environmental and Historic Preservation section, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, and the State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa have led consultation efforts since the disasters hit in spring and summer 2008. Preservation Iowa continues to be an important part of the consultation process and advocates for appropriate compensation for the loss of every historic property in the state. We have also advocated for moving historic properties to more appropriate locations in town, if the buildings are structurally sound and will retain historic status in their new location. Be sure to visit our disaster recovery initiative page to learn more and read the full FEMA press release below.
To find out more, go to: www.fema.gov