Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program:
Welcome to the AIA Disaster Assistance updates page. Read on to learn about the latest AIA disaster activity including volunteer opportunities, recovery resources and other post-disaster efforts of our members.
Hurricane Florence: Updates from NC and SC State Disaster Coordinators
Just two years earlier after Hurricane Matthew when AIA’s Disaster Assistance volunteers in North and South Carolina were deployed, some of these same areas are now under threat from Hurricane Florence. The initial impacts of storm surge and wind damage are topping Matthew’s records with "flooding extending miles inland from the coast as rivers continue to crest," said AIA South Carolina State Disaster Coordinator Ben Ward. “Some of these communities are still recovering” reported David Crawford of AIA North Carolina, “and our AIA members along with our partners at the Structural Engineers Association and Society of Civil Engineers are helping again by first providing building safety assessments, per our Memorandum of Understanding with the state.”
Volunteer request for Hurricane Florence
AIA Disaster Assistance volunteers in North Carolina and South Carolina are mobilizing for building safety assessments with the NC Office of Emergency Management and SC National Guard respectively. Volunteers will not be deployed to the area until floodwaters have receded, yet rivers continue to crest, and the vast majority of affected areas are still under water. Building safety assessments are expected to begin hopefully this weekend, and that the demand is great enough that we’re enrolling qualified out-of-state volunteers. AIA North Carolina and South Carolina extend their deep appreciation for the generosity already exhibited by an nearly two-hundred fellow AIA members. We are grateful to those who have already responded, and you will be contacted as more information becomes available.
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Learn how to evaluate building damage—and design for resilience
Not only do licensed architects protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, but AIA’s Code of Ethics asks members to provide emergency services in times of disaster as part of our commitment to the public.
Take a virtual walk alongside one of our volunteer teams in Rockport, Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
Find an AIA Safety Assessment and Disaster Assistance training on our calendar or sign up to be alerted when a training pops up in your area.
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AIA Members respond to Wisconsin Flooding
For the past several weeks, the upper midwest and southwestern Wisconsin have experienced unusually heavy rains and flooding that caused widespread damage.
Trained Wisconsin architect volunteers were deployed by Wisconsin Emergency Management and Dane County Emergency Management to provide building safety assessments for more than 500 buildings throughout southwestern Wisconsin.
AIA members provide technical assistance to California fire victims
AIA members are volunteering at Community Resource Centers to provide technical assistance on disaster recovery. A federal disaster declaration was issued for Shasta County, CA where the Carr fire has damaged or destroyed 1,600 structures. Throughout the State, more than 1,900 structures have been damaged or destroyed by wildfires and more than 11,300 buildings remain vulnerable.
Architects Respond to Disasters
Architects can use their building knowledge to help their communities both before and after a disaster. AIA's Disaster Assistance Program supports Components and equips architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. Since 1972, the program has ensured that AIA, Chapters, and members are prepared to assist communities nationwide and internationally in leadership and volunteer roles. At the request of a state or local jurisdiction, our members are trained to serve as volunteers to perform rapid or building safety assessments in their communities following a disaster.
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Join the national AIA Resilience Network
The AIA Resilience Network is a virtual member forum focusing on topics of hazard mitigation, disaster assistance, climate adaptation and resilience. Network members share knowledge, news, research and events and based on your interest and expertise, AIA matches members with opportunities to participate in conferences or panel presentations. Resilience is a systems-based approach to addressing shocks and stresses, and it requires a variety of perspectives, skills and experience.
Learn about the important role of architects in disasters
Want to prepare for the hazards in your own back yard and be ready to respond as a “citizen architect” to help your community recover from a hazard event? Connect with your local or state AIA chapter to inquire about your state’s disaster assistance program. A directory of chapter committees can be found in the Appendix of the 3rd Edition of the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook.
Disaster Assistance Program
The AIA Disaster Assistance Program supports chapters and equips architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. Since 1972, the program has ensured that AIA, Chapters, and members are prepared to assist communities nationwide and internationally in leadership and volunteer roles.