Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program:
Hurricane Florence made landfall northeast of Wilmington in Wrightsville Beach, NC as a slow-moving Category 1 hurricane. By the end of this storm, more than 40 inches of rain may have fallen with up to 13 feet of storm surge. Inland flooding may extend hundreds of miles from the coast. As a result, impacts to homes and businesses could be extensive leading to the undermining of foundations, building envelope damage, and water inundation.
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.
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.
Deployment of out-of-state volunteers may be needed, who are Cal OES SAP credentialed and preferably within the region. Any potential deployment as part of the volunteer program will come after the hurricane passes through the area and after first responders have completed their responsibilities.
Interested in volunteering but perhaps your SAP credential is expiring? Renew online here. AIA Volunteers will be called up through the Disaster Assistance Coordinator network.
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.