On the evening of October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey, with impacts felt across more than a dozen states. The storm battered the East Coast and Pennsylvania with heavy rain and strong winds. These eighteen counties in Pennsylvania received federal disaster declarations:
View a map of the eighteen counties (PDF) in Pennsylvania that received federal disaster declarations.
As part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-2), designed to streamline disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy, the National Park Service awarded more than $7.6 million in grants to eight states. Early in 2014 the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) was awarded $1.5 million to help stabilize or repair historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy and undertake disaster-related planning initiatives.
Recovery funds in Pennsylvania will be used to:
- offer grants to property owners and nonprofit organizations for reimbursing the costs associated with repairing National Register eligible or listed historic properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy
- undertake municipal and county hazard mitigation planning to incorporate and prioritize historic properties
- develop model guidance related to historic properties
- provide training and educational programs on disaster-related topics
Timeframe: The entire project will be completed by 2020.
The National Park Service has negotiated a Programmatic Agreement with each of the states and tribal organizations awarded funds for historic preservation disaster relief projects in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The Agreement will govern the project review process for Pennsylvania's programs, including provisions for public notification and involvement. It also expressly prohibits use of the funds for work that would adversely affect historic properties. View the Hurricane Sandy Programmatic Agreement (PDF), signed by representatives of the National Park Service, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
View the Hurricane Sandy Grant and Cooperative Agreement (PDF), a contract between the National Park Service and the Pennsylvania SHPO. The Agreement outlines each of the special conditions of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief program and clarifies the Pennsylvania SHPO's responsibilities as stewards of the federal funds.
For more information about the Hurricane Sandy Historic Preservation Recovery Project in Pennsylvania, please email John Gardosik or call (717) 787-0771.
Useful Links and Publications
- Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning (PDF), FEMA, 2005
- Architectural Character - Identifying the Visual Aspects of Historic Buildings as an Aid to Preserving their Character, National Park Service, Preservation Brief 17
- National Disaster Recovery Framework, Federal Emergency Management Agency Region III, Environmental Information
- Following in Sandy's Path: $1.5 Million Awarded to PA for Recovery and Planning, Van Sweden, 2014
- Disaster Management Programs for Historic Sites, Spennemann, Dirk; Look, David, 1998
- Looking to the Future: Alternatives for Reducing Flood-Related Damage in Historic Communities (PDF), Milton, Pennsylvania, 2002