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Historic Preservation In Light of Historic Devastation: Sacred Sites and Cultural Assets P R E S E N T E D B Y Mike J. Robinson, CFM 4.

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1 Historic Preservation In Light of Historic Devastation: Sacred Sites and Cultural Assets P R E S E N T E D B Y Mike J. Robinson, CFM 4

2  Part 1 : Damage Assessment and Building Performance  Part 2 : Incorporating Historic Properties into Local Risk Assessments  Part 3 : Losses Avoided Through Successful Mitigation Flashback

3 A Broader Topic  Historic, Cultural and Sacred Assets May include buildings, structures, objects, sacred sites, historic districts, archival storage facilities, etc. Should be addressed as part of the risk assessment but some information may need to be treated as sensitive “Assess risks without creating risks” National Park Service

4 Specific Venues  Types of Objects or Sites Rock formation Forest Viewshed Plaza Mesa Longhouse Religious buildings or sites Other

5 Nuances in Terminology  Natural “hazard” versus natural “event” Living in harmony with naturally occurring events versus “combating” the elements Planning for or even talking about a naturally occurring event could “make” it happen  “Knock on wood” analogy  “Mitigation” terminology really becomes more about avoiding personal losses than managing or avoiding the event itself

6 Risk Assessment Approach  Profile Potential Events Location Historical occurrences  Oral tradition, stories, personal accounts, interviews, etc. Extent (magnitude or severity) Probability of future occurrences  Inventory Assets Knowing what assets are in the planning area Knowing how many are in at-risk areas Collecting relevant data on at-risk assets  Assess Vulnerabilities

7 Inventorying Assets  Asset Identification With high level of detail (least desirable in this case) South Street Map Reference for Assets: LOCATION OF CULTURAL ASSETS Main Entrance to Site East Street

8 Inventorying Assets  Asset Identification With medium level of detail TRIBAL PLANNING AREA BOUNDARY

9 Inventorying Assets  Asset Identification With minimal detail COUNTY BOUNDARY TRIBAL PLANNING AREA BOUNDARY

10 Inventorying Assets  Asset Identification No map; tabular or narrative information only Appendix with added restrictions on distribution  Plans submitted to FEMA may be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act  Information on sacred sites can be stored in a separate annex that is referenced in the plan but secured by the Tribe SITEFLOOD HAZARDWILDFIRE HAZARD AYesHigh BNoModerate CNoLow

11 Assessing Vulnerability  Source of Significance Economic Historical Medicinal Spiritual or religious Subsistence Many other values  Relevance to mitigation goals, objectives, strategies and actions  Data limitations and proposed actions to rectify

12 Mitigation Approach  Organize technical, financial and human resources  Set clear, practical goals to reduce vulnerability to the identified threats  Implement an effective mitigation strategy

13 Ultimate Goal  Address the priorities and needs of Indian Tribal governments in reducing potential losses to lives, property and cultural assets that may result from natural events

14 Resources  Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance  Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations Into Hazard Mitigation Planning (386-6)

15 Historic Preservation In Light of Historic Devastation: Sacred Sites and Cultural Assets P R E S E N T E D B Y Mike J. Robinson, CFM AECOM 4


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