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Abstract

As more hurricanes and more intense hurricanes, such as Katrina in August 2005 and Rita in September 2005, come ashore, it is imperative that damage be assessed and repairs begin as quickly as possible. Studying previous damage assessment efforts can help us plan for future efforts and provide lessons learned. Hurricane Ivan caused approximately $600 million in damage to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in September 2004. After the devastation of Hurricane Ivan, a damage assessment team was sent to the Naval Base in Pensacola, Florida, to survey the initial destruction to the base's infrastructure and facilities, particularly those of historic value. Of special interest was the disposition of the storm-damaged historic facilities on the base. The team, which was sent under the umbrella of a Contingency Construction Capabilities (CONCAP) contract, determined that rapid response is critical to repairing damage and mitigating mold intrusion after a natural water disaster. The team provides an overview of the damage, as well as strategies for cleanup. Conflicts between military construction funding and historic preservation requirements concerning restoration of damaged facilities is also addressed. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.