Disaster Assistance Program

A nationwide network of architects to help communities before and after a disaster

Disaster Assistance Program

AIA ILLINOIS DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM PERFORMS BUILDING SAFETY ASSESSMENTS AFTER AN EF 4 TORNADO STRUCK WASHINGTON, ILLINOIS IN 2013.

AIA's Disaster Assistance Program equips architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster. As a result, architects’ disaster response processes, protocol, and training are aligned with federal frameworks.

Since 1972, the program has ensured that AIA, Chapters, and members are prepared to assist communities nationwide and internationally from leadership and volunteer roles. This strengthens AIA Component preparedness and fosters mutually beneficial relationships with jurisdictions and the larger disaster-response community.

Join the nationwide network of architects to:

  • provide technical expertise to make sound development decisions and inform local and regional planning and policy efforts
  • participate in building code development, enforcement and permitting
  • train for and share lessons learned from post-disaster building safety assessments
  • coordinate with local agencies such as the Office of Emergency Management, the Building Department and the Office of Planning
  • advocate for Good Samaritan legislation that provides liability protection for design professionals volunteering post-disaster and Portability of Licensure laws that enable out-of-state assistance

Updates from AIA's Disaster Assistance Program

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Get involved with disaster assistance

Connect with a local disaster assistance program through your state or local AIA chapter. If a local program doesn't already exist, consider spearheading one.

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Disaster Assistance Program

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