Connecticut’s four coastal counties of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London were hit hard by Sandy, and declared a federal disaster area. In addition to surveying affected historic neighborhoods, researchers from Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin's eponymous firm have introduced new technologies to help with the preservation effort, including a mobile app designed to help owners of historic homes record their properties and to record with with the state to facilitate future recovery efforts.
The Goodwin team also prepared geospatial databases of historical properties including buildings, dams, shipwrecks and archaeological sites to advance documentation and resiliency planning efforts. According to Kristina Newman-Scott, director of culture in Connecticut's State Historic Preservation Office, this type of work gives the state a better understanding of its historical assets. Ms. Newman-Scott said she was excited to provide homeowners and the public with tools they haven’t had before in order to further the state's preservation efforts.