Disaster Response

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Disaster Response

High-capacity teams ready to deploy to affected areas.

SEARCH has led cultural resource monitoring and mitigation efforts following natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Michael, and Hurricane Maria. We also served as the maritime archaeology lead across the four US states affected by the BP Gulf Oil Spill. State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) and departments of transportation across the US have contracted us to coordinate and monitor flood management and infrastructure improvement programs. We also provided immediate support for documentation of historic structures on the Texas coast in response to Hurricanes Hanna and Laura. We wrote the Department of Defense’s Cultural Resource Emergency Management Guidebook.


Clients include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), National Park Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as commercial firms supporting federal agencies.

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FEMA-badged and SOI-qualified staff for rapid deployment
Logistics infrastructure to deploy and support field operations in affected areas
Selected to write Department of Defense’s Cultural Resource Emergency Management Guidebook
40+ field and maritime personnel deployed to BP Gulf Oil Spill within one week of request and maintained for four years