Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program:
Hurricane Florence: Updates from NC and SC State Disaster Coordinators
The impacts of Hurricane Florence continue. "Inland flooding may extend hundreds of miles from the coast with rivers expecting to crest mid-week, higher than records set by Hurricane Matthew," said AIA South Carolina State Disaster Coordinator Ben Ward. “Still recovering from Hurricane Matthew just two years ago, some of the same communities in eastern North Carolina, are again facing the impacts of this record-breaking storm," reported David Crawford of AIA North Carolina.
Secondary hazards of power loss include the nearly half million residents who are without power and thousands displaced in shelters across the state. In Jacksonville, more than 60 people were evacuated after the roof of their hotel collapsed. Our AIA members along with their partners at the Structural Engineers Association are ready to help again by first providing building safety assessments.
Volunteer request for Hurricane Florence
AIA Disaster Assistance volunteers in North Carolina and South Carolina are mobilizing in anticipation of 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, and first responders complete their rescues and deem the area safe. Local inspectors, including outside electrical inspectors are being brought to the coast for windshield assessments and clearing downed power lines. Building safety assessments are expected to begin just after, and to do so we anticipate that qualified out-of-state volunteers will be needed. AIA North Carolina and South Carolina extend their deep appreciation for the generosity already exhibited by an additional one-hundred fellow AIA members to do so.
Interested in volunteering and perhaps your SAP credential is expiring? Renew online here. AIA Volunteers will be called up through the Disaster Assistance Coordinator network. We are grateful to those who have already responded, and you will be contacted as more information becomes available.
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. Curious about building safety assessments? Follow along with a Hurricane Harvey team>
Packed with case studies, resources, and tools, refer to the recently published third edition of the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook to prepare, respond to and recover from disasters. Download the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook >
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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.
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.