Historical and Museum Commission Awarded $1.5 Million for Hurricane Sandy
Historic Preservation Recovery Project
Harrisburg – The National Park Service has
awarded $1,500,000 to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)
to undertake disaster-related relief and planning initiatives in the 18
counties that received federal disaster declarations after Hurricane Sandy in
counties include Bedford, Bucks, Cameron, Dauphin, Forest, Franklin, Fulton,
Huntingdon, Juniata, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike,
Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, and Wyoming.
will support reimbursement for selected historic properties to repair
storm-related damage, undertake hazard mitigation planning, develop model
guidance, and provide training and educational programs on disaster-related
has shown that Pennsylvania’s historic communities can be significantly
impacted by storms that bring high winds and heavy rains,” said Serena Bellew,
Director of PHMC’s Bureau for Historic Preservation. “This allows us to be
proactive and create new partnerships with local communities to expand their
disaster planning so we can be better prepared for the future,” she added.
government appropriated a total of $50 million from the Historic Preservation
Fund (HPF) for historic preservation projects providing relief for damages in
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New
York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and the
District of Columbia caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Pennsylvania applied
for and received the maximum grant amount.
program, administered by PHMC will be developed to reimburse the cost of
repairs to historic properties that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Only
Hurricane Sandy-related damage is eligible for grant assistance.
about eligibility and how to apply for funding is available at www.phmc.state.pa.us. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the
official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Contact: Howard Pollman,