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Home arrowNews arrowFederal Emergency Management Agency and Its New York Partners Honored for Historic Preservation Efforts in Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack
Federal Emergency Management Agency and Its New York Partners Honored for Historic Preservation Efforts in Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack

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November 7, 2003, Washington, DC—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today was presented the Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation by John L. Nau, III, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

The award was presented to FEMA for its exemplary work incorporating historic preservation values into its response to the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack.

The recipients of the ACHP awards hold their framed certificates and crystal award. Awardees, from left to right: Mary Neustadter, FEMA Region II Historic Preservation Specialist; Robert Kuhn, New York State Historic Preservation Office Assistant Director; Edward Jacoby, New York State Emergency Management Office Director; John Ketchum, FEMA Federal Preservation Officer; Margaret Lawless, FEMA Mitigation Planning & Delivery Division Director; John Nau, ACHP Chairman; and Robert Tranter, FEMA Region II Regional Environmental Coordinator. (Photo: DOI)

"People perished, and significant places vanished forever in the attack on the World Trade Center. They were tragically lost to us, and nothing can diminish the magnitude of that loss," Nau said.

"But without the determination and dedication of the people of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and their partners, we would have lost more of our physical heritage. In the aftermath of the most horrific terrorist attack of our times, FEMA admirably accomplished its essential core mission and was sensitive to Manhattan's historic integrity while doing so. It was a magnificent and greatly appreciated conscious effort to protect America's heritage."

In addition to FEMA, three key partners in the preservation effort were recognized with Partnership Commendations. They are New York City, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the New York State Emergency Management Office.

Nau made the award presentation at the Old Post Office Building, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, during the fall business meeting of the ACHP.

The ACHP, an independent federal agency, promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of the nation's historic resources and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also provides a forum for influencing federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties. In addition, the ACHP has a key role in carrying out the Administration's Preserve America program.

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Posted November 21, 2003

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