Disaster Assistance Handbook
Architects support communities before and after disaster; creating more resilient, sustainable, equitable and healthy places and spaces
"Citizen Architects" assist their communities through service on boards and commissions before and after a disaster to plan for hazardous events, ensure building codes are updated, and advise on responsible land use that will allow businesses and communities to assume operations more quickly after a disaster.
In a state of emergency, architects and engineers work together to determine the habitability of homes and businesses, preventing further harm and injury to unsuspecting residents.
This handbook will:
- help architects better understand their role and how to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters
- prepare AIA Component staff to engage and coordinate their architect members and provide community discourse and assistance
- explain how built environment professionals can work with architects and the community on disaster response and preparedness efforts
- inform municipal governments of the unique ways architects assist the public and their clients in mitigating, responding to and recovering from disasters