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AIA Disaster Assistance Program

The Disaster Assistance program trains and encourages architects to use their skills to help communities recover from disasters. The AIA National component strives to provide leadership, advocacy and training to improve the disaster preparedness of its membership. However, disasters and the responses to them are local. The program is led by state and local AIA chapters, who collaborate with the larger disaster response community. A dedicated network of state coordinators fulfills an invaluable role by coordinating with local or state emergency management agencies. When disasters occur, these coordinators contact local building and emergency management departments, lead volunteer AIA members, conduct structural assessments and document damage. It is our primary concern to serve society by ensuring that people can return to their homes as quickly and safely as possible after a disaster.

About the Program

The Architect's Role in Disaster Response

AIA Disaster Coordinator Network

Contact the Disaster Assistance program to volunteer

News and Events

AIA Testifies Before Homeland Security Committee regarding Post-Disaster Housing

Read the statement delivered by Erica Gees, AIA

Shelter after the Disaster: Podcast on the Alternative Housing Program for the Gulf Coast.

Resources and Tools

Resources for State Coordinators and Volunteers

Handbook for Disaster Assistance Programs outlines initial and long-term disaster responses for AIA members

Damage Assessment Worksheet (PDF) for volunteers assisting in recovery efforts.

Information on Good Samaritan Legislation

Checklist for Wind Storm-Damaged Structures

Information on Flood Damage-Assessment Procedures

2004 Tsunami Disaster - Sri Lanka: Issues, Observations, Suggestions

Other disaster-related resources


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