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The Disaster Assistance Program supports a nation-wide network of architects who help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

In the face of rising costs for disaster and uncertain weather patterns, architects can help communities mitigate damage, improve performance, and lead a movement in resilient design.

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AIA Guiding Principles on Resilience

AIA Guiding Principles on Resilience

Resilience refers to the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. The AIA is committed to creating safe, secure, and resilient communities.

AIA Position Statement on Resilience

AIA Position Statement on Resilience

The AIA supports policies, programs, and practices that promote adaptable and resilient buildings and communities. We provide our members with advocacy, research, and training tools to engage in all phases of disaster mitigation, response, recovery, and adaptation.

AIA Resilience Handout

AIA Resilience Handout

Share this one-page resource that illustrates the AIA's role in promoting resilient buildings and communities. Read about the AIA's Framework for Resilience to support its constituents in this effort.

AIA Disaster Coordinator Network

AIA Disaster Coordinator Network

This network is comprised of dedicated volunteer AIA members who serve as the Disaster Assistance Coordinators for their state. 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.

Disaster Assistance Case Studies

Disaster Assistance Case Studies

Five case studies provide valuable lessons learned from disaster response efforts like the Joplin tornado, the Calexico earthquake, and the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Resources from Federal Agencies

Resources from Federal Agencies -- Coming Soon

Several federal agencies provide resources on disaster assistance programs, including search and rescue, safety evaluation, and long-term recovery planning (page coming soon!)

Good Samaritan Laws and State Information

Good Samaritan Laws and State Information

Depending on your state’s laws, architects may be exposed to liability for volunteering their services. Find out more about legislation to limit liability.

Resources for AIA Components

Resources for AIA Components

When disasters strike, the most effective response and recovery efforts are coordinated at the local level. Without the dedicated volunteers who seek out training and build relationships with emergency managers, the AIA would be incapable of responding during times of crisis.

Safety Assessment Program: SAP Building Evaluation

Safety Assessment Program: SAP Building Evaluation

Safety assessment is the process of evaluating the safety of structures for immediate occupancy and continued use.

SAP Train-the-Trainer

SAP Train-the-Trainer

The AIA Disaster Assistance Committee supports California’s Safety Assessment Program as its preferred standard of training.

 

HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities

HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities

This two-day performance-level course will provide professionals with the training necessary to integrate resilient community planning and building design strategies with civic and commercial projects located in hurricane-prone areas.

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