Disaster Assistance

Attend the Building Resilience Conference!

For those not already a part of the AIA Resilience Network

Building Resilience 2019 is the first national gathering of building industry professionals focused exclusively on how to create more resilient buildings and communities. Held Nov 7-8 in Cleveland, OH, conference attendees will have opportunities to participate actively in professionally facilitated, outcome-focused working sessions. These sessions will establish concrete guidance to advance the agenda of resilient design and feature a wide range of experts, including Janice Barnes, AIA, Richard Graves, AIA, Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, Greg Mella, FAIA, Rachel Minnery, FAIA, Nicholas Rajkovich, AIA, Jay Raskin, FAIA, and Megan Recher, AIA.

AIA members get 10% off the Building Resilience price – just enter the ID code “AIA10” when registering. Don’t delay, early bird pricing ends soon!

Visit buildingresilience.living-future.org for details and registration.

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FEMA Hosts Webinar on Hurricane Michael Recovery

FEMA scheduled webinars to discuss recently-released Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisories. These Recovery Advisories assist various stakeholders in rebuilding more resiliently by providing design and construction guidance to help minimize damage from future storm events. The webinars are free and available to anyone interested in the topics and content.

•  Aug. 7 from Noon to 1:45 p.m. ET

•  Aug. 15 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. ET

Each webinar will be divided into two sessions and participants must register for each:

•  Session 1: Successfully Retrofitting Buildings for Wind Resistance; suggested attendees include: building owners and operators, design professionals, contractors, and entities that fund retrofits.

•  Session 2:  Best Practices for Minimizing Wind and Water Infiltration Damage; suggested attendees include: building owners, operators, and managers; design professionals; building officials; contractors; and municipal building, and planning officials.

Register for the webinar here.  Any questions about this webinar, please contact the FEMA Building Science Helpline at FEMA-Buildingsciencehelp@fema.dhs.gov.

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AIA’s Disaster Assistance Handbook now in Spanish!

The Spanish version of the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook has officially been published! Both versions are available via this link download.

We hope this translation of this essential resource will extend the reach of our important work and will build architects’ disaster assistance capacity in communities across the globe.

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Resilient Infrastructure Could Save $4.2 Trillion

As architects, we need to consider resiliency and sustainability in our communities. Here’s a good article from Engineering News-Record on building resilient communities: https://www.enr.com/articles/47135-resilient-infrastructure-could-save-42-trillion


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Welcome to the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Hurricane Season!

AIA Maryland kicked off the 2019 hurricane season with a bang hosting another great Safety Assessment Program training! Our thanks to Paula Loomis, FAIA for sharing her wisdom and experience with our attendees.

The start of hurricane season is a great time to check your “go bag” to be sure it’s ready. Newly trained folks should set up a go bag. Table 8-1, pages 98 and 99 of your ATC 45 field manual has a list of items you will need. If you already have a go bag, think about refreshing some of the items in the bag. Folks with some field experience have shared a few additional items for this list and we’ll be sharing that in our June newsletter article on disaster assistance.

Your AIA Maryland Disaster Assistance Committee Chair, Bo Green, AIA, and Sandi Worthman, Executive Director, attended the Maryland Emergency Management Association Symposium in Ocean City last week. They connected with many emergency management professionals and local emergency management officials about SAP training and the volunteers AIA Maryland can provide to them.

Lastly, AIA Maryland received a couple calls today from additional folks looking for SAP training before the July 21st deadline set by the AOC. If you know individuals in need of training, please contact Sandi Worthman right away. If we have a group of at least 20 people, we will organize another training as soon as possible.

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MEMA Adopts FEMA Integration Team (FIT) Agreement

As we continue to build our relationships with Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to educate them on our SAP training program and the cadre of architects we have trained to assist in post-disaster efforts, we are excited to learn that MEMA is furthering it’s efforts to collaborate with FEMA to prepare for future emergencies. This Press Release outlines the new FEMA Integration Team (FIT) established to coordinate with MEMA on program implementation, hazard risk reduction and operational planning.

In April, AIA Maryland presented it’s disaster assistance program to the DelMarVa Emergency Task Force (DETF). Last week, AIA Maryland attended a full day meeting at FEMA Region III with Private Sector Partners and, next week we will provide an overview of our disaster assistance efforts during the Region III Recovery Support Function Leadership Group Coordination Call. We will round out May by attending the Maryland Emergency Management Association conference to continue the conversation about our disaster assistance program with Emergency Managers from across Maryland and the region.

If anyone in your firm wishes to take the Safety Assessment Program training on June 1, please share this link with them. Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Training

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