National Park Service awards $48.5 million in assistance for communities affected by 2017 hurricanes
SAN JUAN – The National Park Service has awarded $48.5 million in supplemental assistance grants to help historic properties recover in areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. Communities in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive assistance for preservation projects related to hurricane recovery efforts.
These grants will support preservation repair, recovery, and resilience of properties listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register. Funding will also support necessary compliance under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, surveys of historic resources to determine eligibility and the degree of damage, administration of the grants, and preparedness for future disasters, the park service said in a recent release.
Congress appropriates funding from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to provide relief for projects impacted by natural disasters. The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf.
“Preserving our historic resources is a critical component in the National Park Service’s mission to protect and share our interwoven histories,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said in the release. “These grants will provide many state and tribal communities affected by the intense storms of 2017 assistance to restore damaged cultural resources.”
The historic preservation projects in the following states and tribal communities will include steps to mitigate future damage and “will be done in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation,” the release reads.
For more information about the HPF Disaster program, visit http://go.nps.gov/disaster.