Storm Recovery Assistance
Millions of New Yorkers were seriously impacted by Super Storm Sandy, especially in New York City, Long Island, and
lower Hudson Valley. While the immediate need for safety, shelter, and basic services are top priorities, the repair and
rehabilitation of homes, businesses, and other buildings is critical to advancing comprehensive recovery efforts.
Some of the most severely affected areas contain thousands of older properties, many of which are historic or located in
historic communities and neighborhoods. Helping communities preserve and renew historic resources is central to the mission of the
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and its programs and services have the potential of offering important rehabilitation
tools to assist property owners during the extensive process of recovery and repair.
In addition to the information and technical assistance available through this website, we offer the following links and
documents to help property owners address a variety of storm-related emergencies and issues—from cleaning up buildings and
protecting their contents to planning for much-needed rehabilitation work. We hope these materials are useful. For more information
and assistance, contact the SHPO at 518-237-8643.
- Responding to Floods
- Mold Remediation
- Tips for the Care of Water-Damaged Heirlooms and Other Valuables
NYS Historic Preservation Office Message
New York's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their
historic, archeological, and cultural resources. The SHPO administers programs authorized by both the National Historic Preservation
Act of 1966 and the New York State Historic Preservation Act of 1980. These programs, including the Statewide Historic Resources
Survey, the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places, the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit, the Certified Local
Government program, the state historic preservation grants program, state and federal environmental review, and a wide range of
technical assistance, are provided through a network of teams assigned to territories across the state. The SHPO works with
governments, the public, and educational and not-for-profit organizations to raise historic preservation awareness, to instill in New
Yorkers a sense of pride in the state's unique history and to encourage heritage tourism and community revitalization.