Community-wide Disaster Resilience Planning for Heritage Resources


We know historic resources are important for communities! In this session, explore the value of these resources in community recovery and how to develop a Community Disaster Resilience Plan for Heritage Resources. The session will open with a conversation about the value of heritage and historic resources in community resilience, with a supporting statement and messaging platform. This tool provides talking points for heritage organizations and volunteers to advocate in this way as a best practice. Then learn about a model project in Cottage Grove, Oregon where the various heritage organizations came together for a shared resilience plan, adopted by the city, and individual organizational plans. This plan established shared needs and resources so that resilience and preparedness activities can be coordinated and mutually beneficial. The outcomes of the Cottage Grove plan can be achieved by any community with a guidebook and videos to direct the way. The pilot project and guidebook have received the Association for State and Local History 2021 Leadership in History Award and the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association Student Achievement in Planning award. They have also been shared by Oregon Emergency Management and the Department of Land Conservation and Development (state planning agency).

CE Credits:
Jul 15, 2022 8:30 AM

Kuri Gill

Kuri – Oregon Heritage, Grants and Outreach CoordinatorKuri works with the Oregon Heritage Commission which has worked for over a decade encouraging heritage and history organizations to engage in disaster planning and preparedness. The community-wide plan for heritage resources was her brain-child and she was involved in the development of the planning process and the process itself.

Lisa Craig

Lisa Craig – The Craig Group, Principal ConsultantLisa has 30 years in historic preservation, and strives in her professional and volunteer pursuits to promote historic places as economic, resilient, dynamic, and creative community assets by collaborating with public and private partners to make historic communities the preferred place to live, work and visit. She worked with Oregon Heritage to develop a statement of the value of heritage and historic resources in community resilience and a messaging tool for organizations to promote this value. The tool provides talking points and strategies for volunteers and staff to advocate for these resources. The project helps achieve two goals of the Oregon Heritage Plan. This was a supplemental project to the community-wide disaster planning pilot and guidebook and supports the importance of this work.


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