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Disaster Assistance Case Studies

Joplin, Missouri - Charrette Report, 2012

Joplin, Missouri - May, 22nd, 2011

Following the Joplin tornado, local AIA members led a charrette design process to help citizens and stakeholders envision their long-term recovery. This report documents the planning, execution, outcomes and lessons learned from their efforts.

In the largest deployment in its 20 year history, members of the Structural Assessment and Visual Evaluation (S.A.V.E.) Coalition assisted the City of Joplin Building Department inspect over 7,700 damaged structures following the devastating EF 5 tornado.

Calexico, California - April 9 - 12, 2010

FEMA Building Performance Assessment Report – Midwest Tornados of May 3rd, 1999

On April 4, 2010 one of the strongest earthquakes in Southern California/Northern Mexico in the last 60 years shook the region. Local building officials asked the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) for assistance in assessing the safety of hundreds of structures damaged in the 7.2 magnitude quake.

In response to the disasters caused by the May 3 tornadoes, FEMA deployed a Building Performance Assessment Team (BPAT), composed of national experts to Oklahoma and Kansas. The mission of the BPAT was to assess the performance of buildings affected by the tornadoes, investigate losses, and describe the lessons learned.

Sri Lanka 2004 Tsunami Disaster: Issues, Observations, Suggestions—February 2006



The Sri Lankan Institute of Architects (SLIA) requested that the AIA create a team of professionals to visit Sri Lanka. The AIA focused on a joint team effort consisting of the AIA, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, and American Society of Civil Engineers to assess the damage caused to Sri Lanka by the devastating December 26, 2004, tsunami.


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