In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) allocated $4.1 million to help protect historic sites along the Connecticut coastline from natural disasters. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the preservation initiative in November of 2015.
The project offers municipal and state planners a suite of proactive measures to implement in planning to avoid or minimize damage created by natural disasters and by sea level rise. The guidance documents and GIS deliverables created under this program also gives first responders needed information to inform emergency response to future events. This project represents Connecticut’s commitment to safeguarding its cultural heritage.
Phase one of the project involved repairing and restoring historic properties affected by Hurricane Sandy, while phase two identified historic resources under threat and accelerated recovery efforts for future disasters. In addition, SHPO nominated new sites to the National Register of Historic Places and developed resiliency plans to help protect Connecticut's 28 coastal municipalities.