About the Program
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.
Resources for Responders
AIA Responds to Oklahoma Tornados
The AIA is monitoring the disaster situation in Oklahoma as more information becomes available. The AIA has several members who live in Moore, OK and other communities that have been struck by storms this week. In a disaster of this magnitude our thoughts turn first to the safety of our members and their families. There will be many long days ahead as this response effort evolves, but here are the details we can report at this time.
- AIA Oklahoma contaced Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEMA) and FEMA on Monday morning to offer building safety evaluation services in response to less severe tornados that struck the state on Sunday. This offer still stands and we await the instructions of emergency management personnel.
- AIAOK has several trained building evaluators thanks to their pro-active efforts to prepare for a disaster such as this.
- It will likely take several days for search and rescue and other first-responder activities to conclude. It is instructive to remember that when the AIA responded to the tornados in Tuscaloosa, AL, we did not deploy any evaluators until 10 days following the storm.
How You Can Help
AIA National continues to coordinate with our members in Oklahoma as this emergency situation evolves from first-response to long-term recovery. If you live in Oklahoma, the best way to get involved is to be active with official emergency management and your state and local AIA chapters. If you are not in Oklahoma, we urge you to become involved in your own chapter to be trained as a Building Evaluator through the Safety Assessment Program, advocate for stronger codes, and use your design skills to envision more resilient communities.
AIA partners at Architecture for Humanity have started collecting donations through a "Rebuilding Moore" campaign.
If you would like further information on the AIA's Disaster Assistance and Resilience programming, please contact the AIA Disaster Assistance Program.
View the slideshow below to see images of the storm-ravaged areas.