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We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

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Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.

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Three Main Street America Staff members standing in front of a mural in Marion, Iowa.

Marion, Iowa © Tasha Sams

About

We work in collaboration with thousands of local partners and grassroots leaders across the nation who share our commitment to advancing shared prosperity, creating resilient economies, and improving quality of life.

Overview Who We Are How We Work Partner Collaborations Our Supporters Our Team Job Opportunities Contact Us
Two community members in Emporia Kansas pose with a sign saying "I'm a Main Streeter"

Emporia, Kansas © Emporia Main Street

Our Network

Made up of small towns, mid-sized communities, and urban commercial districts, the thousands of organizations, individuals, volunteers, and local leaders that make up Main Street America™ represent the broad diversity that makes this country so unique.

Overview Coordinating Programs Main Street Communities Collective Impact Awards & Recognition Community Evaluation Framework Join the Movement
Dionne Baux and MSA partner working in Bronzeville, Chicago.

Chicago, Illinois © Main Street America

Resources

Looking for strategies and tools to support you in your work? Delve into the Main Street Resource Center and explore a wide range of resources including our extensive Knowledge Hub, professional development opportunities, field service offerings, advocacy support, and more!

Overview Knowledge Hub Field Services Government Relations Main Street Now Conference Main Street America Institute Small Business Support Allied Member Services The Point Members Area
People riding e-scooters in Waterloo, Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa © Main Street Waterloo

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Your one-stop-shop for all the latest stories, news, events, and opportunities – including grants and funding programs – across Main Street.

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Woman and girl at a festival booth in Kendall Whittier, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kendall Whittier — Tulsa, Oklahoma © Kendall Whittier Main Street

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Disaster Preparedness Training

Building Disaster Resilience

The National Park Service Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Program is funded through generous support from the Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund administered through the National Park Service.

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Program Overview

From record-breaking hurricanes to quick-spreading fires, disasters are all too common occurrences in Main Street communities across the country. Despite their frequency, there are very few disaster preparedness and resilience-related resources available to commercial district revitalization organizations. Without a comprehensive preparedness plan in place and tools to support both short- and long-term recovery efforts, the physical and economic aftereffects of disasters can be devastating, especially to the residents, local businesses in Main Street communities, historic structures, and public spaces.

To address the need for more resources, Main Street America (MSA) has launched the National Park Service Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Program, funded through generous support from the Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) administered through the National Park Service. Over the next three years, MSA will create a suite of resources that provide immediately useful information for Main Street revitalization organizations to use in preparing for and responding to catastrophic events.

Specifically, through this program, MSA will convene experts and stakeholders, create a clearinghouse of curated resources, create a toolkit with strategies and worksheets for the most frequent disasters, and hold workshops and trainings related to disaster preparedness and resilience.



Advisory Committee

Katherine Beck, Florida Main Street Program, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Tallahassee, Florida

Katharine Burgess, Smart Growth America, Washington D.C.

Mileyka Burgos-Flores, Allapattah Collaborative, Miami, Florida

Shonterria Charleston, Housing Assistance Council, Atlanta, Georgia

Jamie Crawley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Texas Main Street/​THC, Austin, Texas

Amanda Elliott, California Main Street Alliance/​MSA, Richmond, California

Madeline Fraser-Cook, LISC, Government Investments and Technical Assistance, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Diana Luna, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jan Opper, Opper Strategies and Solutions, Alexandria, Virginia

Joseph Quinata, Guam Preservation Trust, Hagatna, Guam

Ivonne Sanabria, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Laurie Schoeman, Enterprise Community Partners, New York, New York

Ray Scriber, Louisiana Main Street/​LA DHP, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rhonda Sincavage, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C.

Jake White, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, San Antonio, Texas


Connect with Us

Thank you for your interest in staying connected with the National Park Service Main Street Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Program! If you are interested in attending one of our workshops or in being added to our stakeholder mailing list, please complete this survey. If you want to recommend any disaster preparedness and resilience plans, reports, or other resources, please complete this survey.


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