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Storm Recovery and Disaster Planning Grant Program

In the wake of the destruction resulting from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a major disaster declaration in twelve states and the District of Columbia on November 28, 2012. Within those states receiving major disaster declarations, FEMA further designated individual counties eligible for assistance. In 2013, the U.S. Congress passed an appropriations bill to provide disaster relief assistance to those states affected by this storm. The legislation appropriated $50 million from the federal Historic Preservation Fund for grants to repair historic properties damaged during the storm and other initiatives that will better prepare historical properties for future disasters.

The National Park Service awarded New Hampshire a portion of these funds for the Storm Recovery and Disaster Planning Grant Program. Six of the state’s ten counties – Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Rockingham and Sullivan – were determined eligible for these grants.

Historical Resources Geographic Information System

An important component of the disaster planning program will be the creation of an online Geographic Information System (GIS) of historical properties throughout the state. Geo-referenced historical records will provide a foundation for all future disaster planning and responses by the DHR, property owners, communities and emergency officials. The DHR has been collecting data on the state’s resources for 40 years, and paper records are currently available to researchers who visit the DHR’s records room by appointment. The first step in this multi-year project will provide high-quality scans of records in Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Rockingham and Sullivan counties.

Hurricane Sandy Programmatic Agreement Adobe Acrobat

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