About The AIAPrograms & Initiatives
The AIA has been involved in disaster assistance for over 30 years. In 2006 the AIA Board of Directors voted to reorganize the manner in which the AIA responds to disasters and authorized the creation of the Disaster Coordinator Network.
This network is comprised of dedicated volunteer AIA members who serve as the Disaster Assistance Coordinators for their state. The ability of dedicated AIA members to respond is the result of years of effort to train, coordinate, and prepare. These Coordinators keep in contact with local AIA Chapters and the National Component, interact with state and local Emergency Management officials, and maintain a list of potential AIA volunteers who are ready to help their communities after a disaster.
The AIA has been busy recruiting and training Disaster Assistance Coordinators around the country, especially in regions that tend to be hardest hit by disaster. However, we are still looking for coordinators in many states and co-coordinators or additional volunteers are welcome in any state.
AIA Handbook for basic disaster assistance training.
Checklist of Responsibilities for State Coordinators – State coordinators and their volunteers should take these steps to improve the disaster preparedness of their community
Good Samaritan Information - a Compendium of known state laws
Good Samaritan Map - a map of states known to have Good Samaritan laws in place for architects
Liability Release – Even if your state has a strong Good Samaritan law, this release can used to further insure your limited liability
For more information, please contact the Disaster Assistance Program via email or call 202-626-7442.