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AIA Advocacy @ Convention: Become a Certified Post-Disaster Building Evaluator

By Cooper Martin, Director, Resilient Communities

From June 20 to 22, thousands of AIA members will be descending on Denver, CO for the 2013 AIA Convention. How will you make a difference for your community while you are there? By attending one of the AIA Advocacy events! Over the next few weeks, we will be outlining these events in greater detail. Next to be featured are the codes events.

WE204 “The AIA Disaster Assistance Program: Certification Training for Building Safety Evaluators”

When disasters strike, architects have the skills to respond. But do you know what to do, who to call, or how to avoid professional liability?

The AIA Disaster Assistance Committee is offering Convention 2013 attendees the opportunity to become certified Building Evaluators in the Safety Assessment Program (SAP). Managed by the California Office of Emergency Services, the SAP program is the preferred training standard of the AIA and many states other than California. It provides architects with the tools and knowledge necessary to volunteer their skills in an emergency situation. In the last year alone, trained AIA members have volunteered in Rhode Island following Hurricane Sandy, in Illinois following their spring floods, in Oklahoma after a series of devastating tornadoes, and elsewhere.

This work does not happen spontaneously, but is the result of dedicated architects who prepare, train, and – most importantly – build relationships with professional emergency managers in their cities and states. The AIA Disaster Assistance Program helps architects with these tasks. Any citizen can fill sandbags or distribute supplies, but the program enables architects to volunteer their unique skills at a time when their community needs them most.

You can add this program to your plan and view presenter biographies on the program’s event page. For more on the Disaster Assistance Program, visit or contact Cooper Martin, Director of Resilient Communities.

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