Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program

This page will be updated as new information arises - Last updated October 3, 2022

AIA and its architects, often serving as volunteers, assist communities following disasters. Updates regarding AIA’s activities in disaster areas, resources, and volunteer opportunities are provided below. If you have any additional questions, or if your community needs support following a disaster, please contact resilience@aia.org.

Recent disasters

Hurricane Ian

On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Fort Myers, Fla. as a Category 4 hurricane. AIA Florida is in contact with members who sustained damage from Ian and evaluating local needs.

If you are SAP-trained, licensed in the state of Florida, and can commit to doing building safety assessments from October 31 for 5-7 days, please complete this form. Volunteers will be deployed in teams from 7am-7pm each day. You need a phone but a tablet is not required. If you require accommodations, there are sleeping trailers available at Lakes Park (7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33908). The sleeping trailers sleep up to six and provide showers, laundry services, and portable bathrooms. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at the dining hall, as well as bottled water and energy drinks.

Members from AIA Florida Southwest are also collecting relief supplies at two locations:

  • Studio+ Gateway offices: (Please call Stephanie McPherson at (239) 770 7460 for coordination), 12271 Towne Lake Dr., Fort Myers, Fla., 33913
  • South Florida Architecture office: (Please email Brian Ahmedic to coordinate drop-off), 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs, Fla., 34135

Requested supplies include, but are not limited to:

  • gloves (for working with tools and debris)
  • safety glasses (clear plastic)
  • The Home Depot painters’ suits
  • all types of food especially, canned, rice & pasta
  • school supplies (backpack, pads, pens, highlighters)
  • gift cards

If you would like to make a monetary donation to this effort, please complete AIA Florida's Hurricane Ian relief form. (The money collected will go directly to local components to assist in relief efforts.)

Hurricane Ian also made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane. We will continue to update this page with information regarding how you can support local efforts in the Carolinas.

Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico as a Category 1 Hurricane on September 18 and left millions of residents without power or water. AIA Puerto Rico is partnering with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter for relief, training, and donation efforts. To support these efforts, visit the Humanity of Puerto Rico.

Other donation and volunteer opportunities will be updated here throughout the coming weeks.

Preparing for the next disaster

Building safety assessment training

City staff (including building inspectors) are often overstretched during response efforts and therefore rely on volunteers to help communities return home quickly. The AIA Safety Assessment Program (SAP) training provides the specialized knowledge and technical skills to architects, engineers and building inspectors needed to determine if a home or other building is safe and habitable post-disaster. Email resilience@aia.org to be alerted of future trainings.

Learn more about SAP trainings >

Disaster Assistance Handbook

Packed with case studies, resources, and tools to guide architects, government officials, and emergency managers, refer to the fourth edition of the Disaster Assistance Handbook to address hazard mitigation, emergency preparation, disaster response, and recovery.

Download handbook >

Resilient Project Process Guide

The Resilient Project Process Guide presents a series of questions for architects to engage clients coupled with additional resources for architects to act upon. Organized by project phase, the guide identifies the points in which resilience and climate adaptation goals can be layered into specific design solutions.  

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