Sep 30, 2020
Puerto Rico's cultural resources are integral to its sense of place, to community well-being, to tourism, and to the economy. Many of those resources were devastated in Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The authors present an overview of the island's cultural resources, storm-damage assessment findings, and detail recovery actions proposed in Puerto Rico's recovery plan.
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Puerto Rico has a wealth of cultural, historical, and artistic resources that are integral to its cultural identity and sense of place, to tourism, to the arts industry, and to the economy. In September 2017, many of those resources were devastated in Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In this report, the authors present an overview of Puerto Rico's cultural resources and their importance, the findings from numerous rapid assessments of storm damage, and details for the recovery actions in Puerto Rico's economic and disaster recovery plan. Based on the rapid assessments, short- and long-term recovery planning was conducted in collaboration with Puerto Rico's cultural resources managers, federal agency personnel, and other stakeholders. The needs identified in the assessments led to eight recovery courses of action (COAs) for cultural, historic, and artistic resources. The COAs address immediate precursor actions necessary for recovery, short-term stabilization of assets, and medium- to long-term recovery needs along with increased resilience of cultural resources. The COAs also address economic recovery, including the role of cultural resources in the economy and the promotion of alternative tourism to drive economic development.
Introduction and Background: Cultural Resources in Puerto Rico
Key Cultural Resources, What Recovery Entails, and How Recovery Planning Was Performed
Prestorm Risks, Assessed Damage, and Recovery Needs: Historic Sites, Cultural
Prestorm Risks, Assessed Damage, and Recovery Needs: Arts Organizations, Artists, and Artisans
Sector Summary and Conclusions
A Framework for Understanding the Cultural Resources Response and Recovery Effort After Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Extended Description of NCR Courses of Action
Historic Properties Cost-Estimating Methodology
Alternative Tourism Analysis Executive Summary
HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center operated by the RAND Corporation under contract with DHS.